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1321 Plank Road

Sarnia, Ontario  N7T 7H3

Sarnia-Lambton's favourite kitchen and bath specialists.

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What your cabinets are made of determines how they look and how they'll stand up to daily use. To help you strike a balance between style and structural support, here's a look at our most common cabinetry materials. Keep in mind that 95% of what comes out of our Plank Road facility is manufactured here in Sarnia and we only use Ontario suppliers!



We use 5/8" melamine covered particleboard for all cabinet sides, floors, tops and adjustable shelves. Front edges of shelving and cabinets are banded with PVC edge tape for a concealed edge. All cabinets have a ¼" hardboard back.



Sarnia Cabinets consistently constructs some of the best drawer boxes in the industry by using only quality construction methods and superior drawer hardware. Sarnia Cabinets has made the Tandem Undermount Systems the superior drawer hardware because of its distinct advantages:

  • increased drawer size;
  • concealed track for clean look;
  • roller bearing glide for smooth, quiet operation; and
  • self closing ability.


Every standard drawer box starts with 5/8" melamine-covered particleboard or wood vaniered plywood. The ¼" hardboard floor of each drawer is fitted into a dado on two sides for strength and durability.

If you're looking for a special addition to your cabinetry, consider our exclusive maple dovetail drawer box. Dovetail joints are carefully cut into the 5/8” solid maple. Each dovetail joint is individually inspected and hand sanded, ensuring a perfect fit. The drawer bottom is made of 1/4" maple which is fitted into a dado on all four sides for strength and durability. Every time you open a Sarnia Cabinets maple dovetail drawer you'll enjoy the beauty and durability of our craftsmanship.


Decorative Hardware

Features such as hinges, opening systems and slides are supplied by Blum Canada Limited.


For hardware destined for furniture, kitchen cabinets and woodworking hardware, we use the leading distributor and specialist in Canada, Richelieu Hardware.


We proudly support Ontario suppliers – we do not order from outside of Canada.


The hinges and drawer slides come with a non-transferable warranty that is good at your home for the first year. Anything beyond that, please bring it to us and we will replace it at no charge.



The finish on wood cabinetry is vital to maintaining its long-lasting beauty, so we are committed to using the highest-quality products, employing the best methods, and assigning the most skilled artisans to the finishing of our cabinets. Our on-site finishing experts help us to continually refine our finishing processes and upgrade our finish options.


We have a wide variety of finish variations to choose from when all the various wood species and finish options are considered. We use Akzo Nobel products for a superior finish.


Finishing Process

  1. Each piece is sanded numerous times at the raw wood stage and is given a final hand-sanding and inspection before being sent to finishing.
  2. Toners are used where necessary to blend any natural variations in the color of the wood.
  3. Furniture stains are applied and hand-wiped to bring out the natural beauty of the wood.
  4. A catalyzed sealer is applied to seal the wood from moisture.
  5. All pieces are hand sanded between finish coats to ensure that the product continues to maintain its smooth texture.
  6. All products are given a final inspection before the top coat is applied.
  7. To provide the best possible protection, a satin top coat of catalyzed varnish is used.


Most cabinets are made from hardwoods, but to reduce costs for you, these hardwoods are often applied as veneers over a substrate, such as plywood.


Wood warps easily as its moisture content changes. That's why it's important that the wood be finished on all sides before it leaves the factory. Unfinished cabinetry should be finished on-site as soon as possible to prevent warping. Veneered cabinets are more stable than solid lumber in high-humidity areas.


All finishes provided by Sarnia Cabinets are very easy to clean and are resistant to most household chemicals.


The Final Look - Your Options

  • Red oak is strong, durable, and relatively inexpensive. Available in a wide range of styles and finishes, it features pronounced grain patterns and is most often used for traditional cabinet styles. This wood is an option for stock, semi-custom, and custom-made cabinets.
  • White oak is as durable and a bit stronger than its red counterpart. With more golden tones, white oak has a more subtle grain and is often quarter-sawn for custom cabinetry — especially for an Arts and Crafts or period look. Generally, white oak is available only as a custom option.
  • Hard maple is a fine-grain and light-color wood slightly more expensive than oak but less dense. A popular choice for semi-custom and custom cabinets, maple can be stained, but it is most often dressed with a clear or natural finish to achieve a light, contemporary look.
  • Hickory is lighter than oak, but is similar in grain pattern and strength. This creamy, pale yellow wood can be stained; however, like maple, its blond tones are most often complemented with a clear or natural finish. Lending itself to a rustic style, hickory is a rare choice for custom and semi-custom cabinetry.
  • Cherry is hard enough to withstand knocks and marring. Elegant and formal when used for certain traditional styles, cherry's design versatility can also give a kitchen a contemporary personality. This smooth, fine-grain, red to reddish-brown wood darkens with age and is often stained for uniformity of color.
  • Birch is a durable, fine-grain wood that is slightly darker than maple. It takes finishes well and can masquerade as a more expensive wood. When stained, it can achieve a good "faux" cherry or maple look. Prone to some irregular coloring, birch is a relatively inexpensive wood choice in both stock and semi-custom lines.
  • Ash is similar in strength and durability to oak, but has a light color and a more pronounced figure. This straight-grain lumber takes on a contemporary character when it's given a clear or natural finish. Its availability is limited in semi-custom lines and is more often seen in custom work.
  • Pine is the only softwood species commonly used for cabinetry, and it dents more easily than hardwoods. This pale yellow wood can be stained, and it often features knots used to underscore traditional and country styles. Eastern white pine and Western white pine are found in select semi-custom lines.
  • And many more!


Features to Consider

  • Grain. Except at the very high end, veneered cabinets are likely to give you better grain-matching than solid wood cabinets.
  • Colour. You're not always wedded to a wood's natural color. Stain can replicate the color of maple on a birch base, for example.
  • Construction. Wood cabinet drawers can be constructed using dowels or rabbets, or using dovetails. Drawers with dovetails should last longer, but consume more wood to produce, and therefore are more expensive.



Mouldings and Intricate Designs

For solid-wood mouldings, we use Canadian-owned Royal Woodworking. Highly customized architectural woodcarving elements are sourced through Art for Everyday.




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