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Construction Details - Merillat Classic®

Merillat Classic®

High-quality construction and a wide variety of design options make Merillat Classic® our most popular cabinet line. It's built from engineered and solid hardwood components for enduring performance.

Enjoy smooth, quiet drawer operation and six-way self-closing, concealed door hinges with a limited lifetime warranty.

Easy-clean interiors resist moisture and stains. Classic cabinets accommodate a wide variety of available features and accessories.

25-year limited warranty.

Available upgrades include Dovetail Drawers, Plywood Ends, and All Plywood Construction.

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Back Panel

1/4" thick, 50-pound density engineered wood extends all the way to the floor to give the entire cabinet box extra strength and stability. Upgrade to 1/4” thick industrial grade plywood with the All Plywood Construction option.

Bottom Panel

1/2" thick 48-pound density engineered wood, joined to end panels with dado joints and adhesive. Optional All Plywood Construction is constructed from 1/2” thick plywood.


Corner gussets give added strength to the entire cabinet.


Doors are 3/4" thick 48-pound density engineered wood or solid hardwood. Clear pliable round shaped bumpers to dampen closure noise.

Drawer Construction

Full-depth, 1/2" thick 4-sided engineered wood drawer. All corners of the drawer core use rabbet joinery secured with adhesive and staples.

Upgrade to 3/4" thick, solid hardwood drawer cores with dovetail joinery for improved strength and durability over traditional joinery methods. Plywood bottom helps resist sagging. The Dovetail Drawer Upgrade also includes SoftAction+ Drawer Technology for a regulated closing that's virtually silent and effortless.

Dovetail Option
Dovetail joints are created when two parts are brought together, one part with slots created by cutting angled pyramid holes, the other with pins to fill them. 
A dovetail joint is considered to be one of the strongest joints, with the pieces coming together and locking for tremendous durability and length of life. 
Rabbeted Option
A rabbet joint is created by joining two boards together at the end where a portion of one board is cut out to match the thickness of the other board. 
A rabbet joint creates a sharp right angle edge, creating a strong joint. 

Drawer Front

Drawer fronts are 3/4" thick 48-pound density engineered wood or solid hardwood.

Drawer Guide System

Sidemount WhisperGlide drawer guides deliver a smooth opening and are load rated for 75lbs. Our unique SoftAction+® system comes standand with the Dovetail Drawer Core Option for a completely silent and effortless movement. The unique compression feature allows the drawer to close gently and is impossible to slam shut. Guides are rated for 75 lbs.

End Panels

Cabinet sides, or end panels, are 3/8" thick 48-pound density engineered wood. With the All Plywood Construction option, end panels are 1/2” thick furniture grade plywood.

Front Frame

The solid hardwood front frame is 3/4" thick Oak, Maple, Cherry or Hickory.

Door & Drawer Front Joints
Created for the purpose of framing a decorative front, this joint is made by bringing together two parts at equal angles to form edges. 
This creates a clean design and adds to the construction strength by increasing the surface area where joints come together. 

Mortise and Tenon


A joint made when the tenon (a portion of wood cut so that it is jutting out from the larger block) is placed inside the mortise (a cavity created to hold the tenon). 

This joint is created to fit together, strengthening the bond between them, creating long-term durability and a natural strength. 


Six-way adjustable self-closing concealed hinges come with a limited lifetime warranty. Available in both full and traditional overlay doors.


All cabinet sides, bottoms and shelves have moisture and stain-resistant easy clean interiors. Matching interiors are standard on glass door cabinets.

Roll-out Trays

Most Merillat® Classic base cabinets can be ordered with a single roll-out tray for full depth storage and easy access. Optional double trays, double deep trays, half depth and full depth shelves are also available.

Wall Cabinet Shelves

All wall cabinet shelves are adjustable and made from 3/4" thick engineered wood or upgrade to 3/4” Plywood.