A traditional cabinet box look is achieved with a face frame. This is reffered to as a framed cabinet box. The face frame is a hardwood that matches the wood of the door and is generally about 2 1/2" wide and varies depending on the cabinet manufacturer. The face frame is attached to the box with glue and staples from the inside. The face frame is butted, glued and joined with 2 slots with screws per joint. The frame has a routed groove the thickness of the sides so there is an overlap. Doors are mounted to the face frame and depending on the look can be partial or full overlay. Framed cabinets are especially good for stand alone units since the face frame will hold the box truer or square over time. The bottom shelf will also be stronger over time. However, all the other shelves will preform the same as in a frameless box. Also, all the other cabinet options remain the same for both framed and frameless.
We carry the following framed cabinet lines.
Redwing cabinetry out of Minesota
Wellborn Forest out of Alabama
Bertch Legacy and Custom lines out of Iowa