I posted this in the wrong forum so here goes in the correct forum:
Got a debate with a friend. We both mainly build prefin maple boxes. He bands in prefin maple banding. I band in whatever the fronts are. Paint grade gets paint grade, stained gets stained. I realize PVC in a like or matched color is an option but neither of us like it. With the PVC option aside, which do you do?
Thanks. Jason, I used to use Prefin Maple banding for everything behind doors and fronts on frameless cabs (3/32" gaps) until I once noticed if the light hits the gap just right you do see the banding and thats the question....am I being too fussy here? Does anyone really care? Case by case? Is there an industry standard? Does the industry standard not matter as we are talking custom cabinetry? Forget AWI or WIC specs...they are usually not called out in our case. Thanks
We do same as Jason B except we paint to match. I know PVC is easier and arguably more durable. However, I don't do it for the same reason I don't use staples, hot glue or any case parts less than 3/4" thick. They work but people don't see them as "quality" and that's how I set myself apart from the competition.
Pdub, I agree. I also paint and stain edges when warranted. Gotta know your customer when it comes to this.
For me, over time, that list of things I do to stand out and make our product special has dwindled in certain areas. I have found that the majority of our customer base just doesn't care about an item like this. It has taken time for me to accept this reality and realize how much money I cost myself by doing things that basically only matter to me.
I hear you Jason and don't disagree. However, I often tell my guys that the client won't likely notice that particular joint, or this particular detail. However, they will look at the piece as a whole, subconsciously take note of all those small details and (hopefully) conclude that our piece just looks better in overall quality than others who don't pay that close of attention to the small stuff.
As you point out, you definitely need to know your client in each situation. We've made a name for ourselves as being somewhat "higher end", so I'm reluctant to let those things go!
Back in the days when I was selling kitchens there was one large company that would match the banding to the box interior. I never understood it as I thought it looked ridiculous that the doors and drawer fronts didn't match the fronts of the cabinets and now that I build kitchens I still feel the same way. Most of my cabinetry has some type of face frame involved. But when I do Euro for closets I use matching PVC.....which if I didn't have I would have to go through the hassle of finishing the raw banding.....no thanks!
After many years we've decided to switch the case banding from matching the exterior, to matching the interior. First of all, no one really notices it until you bring it up. Second of all, I prefer the look of a monocolor box. Third, it is so much easier and less complicated. (esp. if you have multiple colors in one project).
There is one caveat - on all finished ends we have a front band that matches the exterior. I realize that this sounds crazy, but this is the one spot that you can see from the front. The difference between the maple front edges and the finished color is not that jarring.
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