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All the companies listed here are Certified True32 Custom Cabinetry Manufacturers. Each has gone through an extensive 40 hour training program where they learn the fundamentals of full access design, engineering, manufacturing and installation.
As a Certified True32 Custom Cabinetry Manufacturer, these companies have lifetime access to a private forum provided by True32 Corporation that allows them to brainstorm with each other, and to discuss the challenges of their craft and art with their peers.
This private forum provides an environment for continued education, where cabinetmakers share their knowledge and experience, sharpening each others skills, while also providing friendship and camaraderie that simply does not happen outside of a private structure like this (they feel free to share with their peers that are not direct competitors).
Imperial verses Metric
Full access cabinetry requires a totally different skillset than traditional face frame cabinetry. First and foremost, we break with the American tradition of utilizing the Imperial measuring system, and move to the metric measuring system (America is the only industrialized nation that has not converted to the metric measuring system).
There are multiple reasons for doing so, but a couple that stand the scrutiny of the sceptics is that the machinery we utilize to manufacture cabinetry with is designed, engineered and manufactured with spindles that are on 32mm increments. The functional hardware we use is manufactured to utilize 5mm holes that are spaced on 32mm increments.
It only makes sense that we would utilize the same system our equipment uses (conversions are not 100% accurate, and over enough time and space, multiply into real accuracy issues).
The equipment utilized by Full Access cabinetry manufacturers requires a much larger investment than traditional cabinet making does, but provides higher accuracy, and true value and environmentally friendly outcomes (we eliminate the entire face frame, conserving all of our hardwood resources that would be needed for that portion of the cabinet).
Overlays verses Reveals
Another skillset that takes time to master is thinking in terms of cabinet sizes and reveals rather than opening sizes and overlays. Face frame cabinetry is based on an opening size and the overlay of the doors and drawer fronts, where Full Access cabinetry is based on cabinet sizes and the reveal between the doors and drawer fronts mounted to that cabinet. They sound similar, but require a different mindset at the design and engineering stages.
Installation requires a totally different mindset as well. With traditional face frame cabinetry, cabinets are simply attached to the walls with screws, and level and plumb are mostly dependent on the condition of the wall and floor the cabinetry is installed on and to.
Full Access wall mounted cabinetry on the other hand utilizes steel hanging rail on the walls, and adjustable suspension blocks in the top corners of each upper cabinet, which allows each cabinet to be installed perfectly level and plumb, regardless of the wall condition.
Full Access base cabinetry utilizes adjustable leg levelers, allowing the cabinetry to be installed perfectly level and plumb, regardless of the wall and/or floor conditions.
All Certified True32 Custom Cabinetry Manufacturers have learned the skills needed to design, engineer, manufacture and install Full Access cabinetry as it was intended to be designed, engineered, manufactured and installed (thus the True part of the True32 brand). When you choose a Certified True32 Custom Cabinetry Manufacturer, you are choosing a cabinetmaker who sought out skills most avoid, who invested in equipment and training that most cabinetmakers would never even consider investing in.
These cabinetmakers have distinguished themselves as leaders in their industry by virtue of their inquisitive nature, and their willingness to invest their time and resources in producing the very best products they can produce, not just good enough products that will make it past the warranty period.