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Cabinet construction

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Plywood cabinet with water resistant coating 

Walnut drawer boxes

Face frame walnut drawers

Walnut cutlery inserts 

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Legrabox drawer box


As a custom shop, we offer unlimited options of Finishes and Construction Materials. 

Colors and finishes: any color matching any sample

Cabinet carcasses: Water-resistant plywood, antibacterial TFL, particle board

Doors: Solid wood, High Density Boards 

Drawer boxes: Solid walnut with dove-tailed joints, maple, or Blum Legrabox 

Door style: any

2K Polyurethane difference 

For painted, stained, or veneer cabinets we use a far superior finish called 2K Polyurethane, a finish that was mostly used  in aerospace, marine, and private jets millwork -  that require heat and chemical protection not normally considered 'necessary' in the home industry.

2K Polyurethane has superior stain, heat, moisture and solvent resistance, according to the Architectural Woodwork Institute, and my personal experience. This has a big impact, particularly in the kitchen. Excessive steam from a dishwasher or the inevitable waterworks from a sink don't affect the finish. 

It's also 100% formaldehyde free,  and comes in a variety of different sheens. 



Wall cabinets normally are 13" deep and can be ordered at any size. Can be custom depth as well. So - any size.

For kitchen with high ceilings wall cabinets can be made up to any height.

Normally wall cabinets come with 4.5" fascia ( riser) on top for crown moldings support, installed Flush with doors.

Wall cabinets can be with paneled sides or flush finished sides.

Flush  finished side

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Face frame cabinet


The size is normally adjusted to appliance  specifications. 

Other than that - can be any size.

Normal depth 24".

Tall cabinets come with 4.5" recessed toe kicks and have paneled sides or flush finished sides.

Paneled side

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Base cabinets are 24" deep  and 34 1/2" high. As wide As you want.  Can be custom depth as well. So - any size.

Normally Base cabinets come with 4.5" recessed toe kicks.

Base cabinets can be with paneled sides or flush finished sides.


What materials are used for kitchen cabinets?

Custom kitchen cabinets are usually made of plywood (domestic or imported) or particleboard (with melamine, laminate, or veneer finish). Melamine comes in many different colors to match the doors and generally less expensive than plywood or laminated boards. The main drawback is that it is not water-resistant and even a small amount of water left on the surface will damage it.


  • Particleboard: There are different types of this material on the market with different price and quality. Some Italian boards are pretty good for middle and high-end custom kitchens. Can be easily damaged by water. Comes in a variety of colors. 

  • Plywood: Plywood used in high-quality custom kitchens is not the stuff on the bulk racks at Home Depot. At Devix Kitchens, we use furniture-grade plywood that performs as well or even better than solid wood. Plywood will be found in boxes, not doors and other finish surfaces. It also has different grades and can be made of birch, maple, oak, etc, which affects the price and the look of the cabinets. Birch plywood that is usually used is from China,  whereas maple plywood is made in Canada. It is eco-friendly and formaldehyde-free because of soybean glue. When choosing this plywood, you are getting zero-VOC custom kitchen cabinets.   

  • Solid Wood:  Mostly used for doors, panels, gables and drawer fronts  in high-end custom kitchen cabinets. But what about solid wood kitchen cabinets?>  Well, we can build custom cabinets of  solid wood boards but i high-quality boards cost a lot (those used for custom furniture like tables, etc), whereas low-quality boards are easily affected by humidity and perform worse than plywood (premium grade plywood). I have seen many cabinets that are claimed to be solid wood but if fact  made of veneered particle board and sold on Kijiji as solid wood - check before you buy.


Outside dimensions of kitchen cabinets may vary. But within each box, recommended thicknesses of panels are:

  • Cabinet sides, top, and bottom: 3/4" thick

  • Back Panel: 3/4" thick—important because  cabinets hang on this panel!

Custom kitchen cabinets Specialists - solid wood cabinet = very nice!
Custom kitchens Specialists - maple plywood that we use

Kitchen cabinet doors and panels

Doors, panels, gables, and moldings of good-quality custom made kitchen cabinets are mostly built of wood or MDF. Check my article comparing wood vs mdf doors.   

  • Solid wood doors are a good option if you prefer stained kitchens. You can see and feel the wood grain. Painted wooden doors, unfortunately, will crack on the joints,  where stiles and rails meets. Wood in a 5-piece door expands and shrinks when temperature and humidity is changing, which leads to paint cracking on the joints. There is an option to use MDF as a central panel, but it does not eliminate stiles and rails cracks. It might make 1-5 years or more but eventually, the paint is going to crack.

  • MDF is usually used in mid-priced kitchens. With some water-resistant options available on the market, and with a proper lacquer finish it is a durable material for cabinet doors.

  •  High-gloss doors: they are based on MDF core with  high-gloss acrylic or glass laminate, or coated with Italian high-gloss lacquer. 


  • Matte or textured laminate doors  can be done on different cores: MDF, plywood, or particle boards. Same applies to custom laminating and veneering.

Custom kitchen cabinetmakers in Toronto usually have different opinions and preferences, and advice you get may vary from one kitchen designer to another.  

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How much custom kitchen cabinets cost?

If you search online and call different companies I guess you might get a $5,000 quote, a $75,000 quote, and many more in between, for the same layout. Generally, our mid sized custom kitchens are in $30,000-40,000 range for mid-grade materials, and about $45,000-$60,000 for High-end ones, but ofc it depends on the size and style.


Why is that?

Lets take painted doors for instance. Did you know that it can be painted with 10$ Amazon spray gun and a pancake compressor in  a garage or with $1000 professorial spray gun with a special  $5000 pump in a spray-bake booth for the best results? Or the finish itself, pre-cat, post-cat, convention varnish, they all off-gassing for weeks after painting, releasing formaldehyde gasses into your home.  I would rather buy a top-quality 2K polyurethane European paint that's 100% safe to use and that's deliver much better results than standard paints. 


And there are hundreds of little details like that.  To craft the best product we just use the best materials available. As do many High-quality cabinetmakers, like Downsview kitchens,  Bulthaup, and many others.

Types of  kitchen cabinets 

There two main types of kitchen cabinets:

  • Frameless

  • Framed 

The main difference is that one has a frame and the other one doesn't. 

Here on the picture is a frame that is a separate part and on the other picture the frame is attached to the cabinet. The frame is spray-painted separately. This method of construction is very time consuming and requires exceptional precision and accuracy with 3/32" tolerances 

Framed cabinets could have insert doors or overlay doors. The overlay doors can be typically seen on Chinese cabinets or other cheap alternatives, wheres framed cabinets with inset doors is the most expensive type of cabinetry on the market. 

Frameless kitchen cabinets do not have a frame glued to the cabinet box. A typical frameless cabinet is a box and doors with euro style hinges  + side panels.

It's not that one is better then the other - it's just 2 completely different styles. 

You can read my resent blog post about frameless vs framed kitchen cabinets.

 I mostly work in Toronto and Oakville, and also service Hamilton, Burlington, Vaughan, and GTA.


Learn more about other styles here: transitional kitchens and traditional cabinets,

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Are you ready to renovate your space? Call us now.

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Factory showroom -486 Evans Ave -Unit 2

Office - 55 Bloor Street East Toronto, ON M4W 1A9

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What makes a high-quality Kitchen?

You can define high-end kitchen cabinets as a combination of these factors:

  • Great Project Management

  • Quality materials

  • Quality workmanship

  • Quality installation


And most importantly Great Customer Service! 

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