finish, the hardware is installed after finishing. The
finish is not usually applied to the hardware.
Casework is defined as boxlike components of
cabinetwork, normally rectangular. Casework may
contain shelves or drawers for storage. Doors or covers
are sometimes fitted to enclose the storage space.
Examples of casework are bookcases, chests, desks,
display cases, and kitchen cabinets. Casework consists
of a skeleton frame, face frame, two ends, legs, and the
bottom back and top (fig. 5-5).
The skeleton frame is made to fit in the interior of
the case. It consists of stiles (vertical members) and rails
(horizontal members) only. Panels fitted into the frame
are called dust panels. The skeleton frame serves a
number of purposes:
It provides a means of fastening the case top to
the case and holding the ends together at the top.
Figure 5-5.Typical case construction.