Shaker-style cabinets are some of the most important inventions of the Shaker community. The flat, square, and recessed door panels, solid wood frames, mortise, dovetail, and tenon joints are still used to make modern-day cabinets.
There have been improvements over the years that changed the minimalistic design of the Shaker community. Today, machinery and technology are deployed to take over the handy work, which was being done by the Shaker people.
Traditionally, shaker cabinets were made of solid wood from precious trees, as mentioned earlier. Over time, this became expensive and raised more environmental concerns. As a result, an engineered wood called medium-density fiberboard (MDF) came into the scene in the 1960s. The MDF was more affordable, easy to maintain, and moisture resistant, making it the preferred choice for cabinetry by many homeowners.
As time passed, people adopted other cabinet finishes and not relying only on the natural finish, which was what shaker-style cabinets were all about. Today, shaker cabinets are painted with polyurethane, and some are laminated. However, the traditional solid-wood shaker cabinets still remain supreme. They are more appealing, long-lasting, and improve the property’s value.