After almost 10 years of the same cabinet design, Conestoga went back to the drawing board in 2012 and redesigned the cabinet for easier assembly and better overall quality. As always, Conestoga listened carefully to the following customer comments and solved them:
- Splines that hold the face frame to the cabinet, while innovative, are time consuming to insert, gobbling up nearly 30% of the assembly time. That, combined with the problem of missing spline packs (or the customer simply using too many on one cabinet, leaving not enough for the others), proved to frustrate many assemblers. Conestoga solved this by pre-inserting the splines in the face frame groove.
- Many customers commented that, while the integrated hanger cleats were nice, the 1/4″ cabinet back was too flimsy for a high end cabinet. Conestoga agreed and redesigned the cabinet back using 1/2″ thick plywood. They eliminated the hanger cleats altogether as the 1/2″ back is more than enough to screw through to hold the cabinet to the wall. The thicker back also provided greater screw hold strength for the drawer glide mounting brackets. Testing has shown that the hold strength of the new cabinet is the same or more than the old one and that the new cabinet far exceeded the KCMA (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association) standards.
- There were comments that the modification charges for a cabinet were too steep and it put the modification options out of reach for many customers and projects. Conestoga has steeply reduced the cost for width/depth/height modifications, enabling the program to become a true custom cabinet for the DIY client, builder or cabinet shop. Now, custom cabinets are the same price as a standard cabinet!
- Modifications also posed a problem for many customers because the cabinet SKUs Conestoga would modify were fairly limited, forcing the customer to design around the modification program’s limitations. The new program will allow modifications to nearly every cabinet they offer.
- They have made soft close hinges standard on every cabinet when ordered with Blum hinges. Non-soft close Ferrari hinges are still available at a noticeable discount. A soft close piston can be added to the Ferrari hinges for a few dollars more.
- They have replaced the Blum Tandem glide with Blum’s new and improved version which allows for 4 way fingertip adjustment of drawer box, allowing you to dial in the perfect fit and alignment.
These are just a few of the many changes Conestoga has made to an already legendary product. Contact a Cabinet Joint professional to learn more.
The new cabinet line (s) are set to launch Feb 11th (subject to change) and will be called ‘Advantage’ (all plywood cabinet) and Essence (particle board cabinet). Conestoga will be phasing out the old construction, referred to as Craftsman and Pioneer, by March 25th 2013 (again, date subject to change), so we have changed our web site to only reference the new cabinet construction method/cabinet lines. Please be aware that until the March 25th phase out, Craftsman and Pioneer are still available, but only upon request or for replacements. Note that the old and new style cabinets can be used side by side in the same job.
We hope you are as excited about this new product as we are. Again, give us a call or shoot us an email if you have any questions at all.
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