construction to make the right choice when you shop
Doors and drawers come in three types: inset, partial overlay and full overlay, also known as Euro style. Each has a slightly different look and function.
Edge banding. No matter the construction, when you open your doors and drawers, you will see an edge band. That is the material used to cover the cut ends of the plywood on boxes, drawers and shelving.
Veneer is a thin material glued under pressure onto a thicker substrate, so that it becomes the finished surface for that material. “Laying up” the veneer is done by machines like the one shown here; the glue is applied to the substrate, then the veneer is laid over the top and compressed for an even application.
Faces that have more linear details, like Shaker-style ones, are often assembled with square cuts and also have panels in the middle.
The important thing to understand about doors and drawers is the limits of their stability and the dimensions of the wood. You can’t have a solid wood door manufactured from a single wood species unless it has been pieced together.