Before selecting color, grade, wood, or knobs, the first choice in cabinet selection should be face frame or frameless (shown) construction. A face frame constructed cabinet is the traditional choice and consists of a “frame” which is attached to the front of the cabinet and provides an anchor for cabinet hardware such as hinges. A frameless cabinet is more modern looking and typically built from man-made materials such as particle board or plywood and clad with veneer.
This thread from woodweb discusses some other differences such as cabinet alignment, strength, cost, and labor that may help you decide the best option for your kitchen or bath.
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Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.