Using glue and dowel construction is the traditional way of making cabinets and furniture. The benefit of this is that the unit is not only stronger and more robust, but it also ensures there are no visible fixings, such as cam locks or cover caps, therefore providing a more aesthetic and higher quality finish.
Sheraton and Mackintosh cabinets are constructed in this way, using state-of-the-art machinery to ensure that just the correct amount of glue is used with cabinets passing through a press that applies enough pressure to ensure a tight fix.
Cam and dowel construction is required when units are supplied ready-to-assemble on site, however some suppliers may simply pre-assemble cam and dowel units prior to delivery.
Rigid cabinets also tend to feature thicker, stronger back panels. All Omega cabinets, whether supplied rigid or ready-to-assemble, include 15mm solid MFC backs in base units and 8mm solid MFC backs in wall units.
On our rigid cabinets, this provides greater rigidity whereas other cabinets may have a thinner, hardboard back.
Another feature of Sheraton and Mackintosh rigid cabinets is that panels are made specifically for the unit they will be used for. This means that we only drill the correct amount of holes needed to construct a particular unit. The only additional holes found in our units are for adjusting shelf positions.
Many ready-to-assemble suppliers who supply units pre-assembled, use the same panel for multiple units, resulting in unnecessary and unsightly drill holes.