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robertmazzo 09-12-2006 11:44 AM

Are they good Shenandoah Cabinets good quality?
I am looking Shenandoah Cabinets, which are made by American Woodmark Corp exclusively for Loew's. They seem to be priced a little lower than what we saw at Home Depot. The funny thing is I believe the cabinets I looked at in Home Depot are made by American Woodmark.
I was wondering if anyone know if Shenandoah Cabinets are of good quality. Am I going to be disappointed afterwards ? I don't want to save two thousand dollars and be disappointed later.
Thank you for your advice.

New Jersey

redline 09-12-2006 08:09 PM

How thick are the cabinets?
What material are they made of?
Do they feel solid?
What type of joints are used?
Is there a warranty?
Are the sides made of cabinet quality wood or other?

robertmazzo 09-13-2006 02:59 PM

thank you, Redline. I will go ahead and ask those questions at Loews. Hopefully I will get the correct response. Perhaps some online resources will have the answers to those questions as well. I will investigate.
Good day,

handyman923 09-13-2006 04:09 PM

We bought Shenandoah cabinets from lowes... The drawers are pretty solid; they are maple and I think they may be dovetailed. The face frames are solid maple as well and seem to be of decent quality. The rest of the cabinets are melamine covered particle board. Overall, we were pleased with the cabinets. They are definitely not a custom quality cabinet, but they are decent. We have had them 2 years now and everything has stood up so far. When we got the cabinets, two doors had blemishes on them, but Lowes sent us replacement doors without much hassle.

Hope that helps!

fhivinylwindows 09-13-2006 05:56 PM

How long do you expect them to last? Are you selling the house soon? AM makes good cabinets however they are not great or anywhere near what you would get unless you went with a custom shop. If they fit your needs, buy them. If you want a "Bentley" shop for a "Bentley" if you want a Chevy Cavalier, you found it.

747 09-14-2006 04:46 AM

always make sure the drawers are dovetail construction.

silenttracker 09-16-2006 12:43 AM

Shenandoah Cabinets
I also purchased a base cabinet in Hickory. The drawers are dovetailed with 3/4 face and are solid. The doors are tongue and groove rails and stiles with raised panels and seem well made. I made the top out of solid core door with rounded edges and used Hickory veneer to finish the back and sides for a center isle kitchen cabinet for my wife's birthday. Put locking castors on the bottom for moveability. Stands up well to everyday use by two boys and us.:wink:

Mike T 09-16-2006 07:47 PM

Yes dove tail construction is a must... i thought and was under the impression that HD sold thomasville cabinets but i could be wrong...

Shenandoah are ok ... not by any means the Cadillac of Cabinets but better than some so called new home Woodmark contruction cabinets that are not dovetailed and last about 1 year with hard use

jsnae 10-18-2006 01:07 PM

addition to house
We are adding an addition to our existing house thereby making the kitchen much larger. We are in the market for good quality cabinets...we looked at Lowe's Shenandoah line, but am unsure of quality and resale 15 or so years down the line...if anyone can help us it would be greatly appreciated!

orsoivebeentold 11-07-2006 12:10 PM

quality kitchen furniture
I found a site with some very nice bakers racks, which compliment almost any kitchen.The site also offers some lovely curio cabinets, and something called bombe chests. I had never heard of a bombe chest before, but they are some of the loveliest and most unique cabinets I have ever seen. Check out and follow the links.

Diznix 11-23-2006 02:53 AM

NOT so good quality
I purchased a Shenandoah kitchen in June and because of MULTIPLE quality control issues sent them back in mid Sept. I had 6 different shippments and still did NOT have a complete kitchen to install. BEWARE, Lowes/Shenandoah has a return policy on these cabinets that is not very friendly, ie. if you have installed the cabinets in any way, "they" will only replace/repair. I've had a bit of a fight to get a full refund on the kitchen I returned and it's not final yet. If you are interested, I have photos I'm willing to share of the problems I've had with the cabinets

notech 11-27-2006 10:49 AM

ditto diznix - we have just begun opening the cabinets that were delivered a month ago. Chips on the face and doors of every one of them. the inside edges are VERY sharp and I'm sure they will easily chip. One of them was crushed on the corner and several doors have splits in them. One was even glued at the factory to try to cover it. We haven't even opened the base cabinets yet.

The boxes were fine, so I assume this is all quality control issues at the factory. I am very disappointed and don't expect these cabinets to last more than a couple years. I ordered Cherry Bordeaux for the beauty of cherry, but the only way I see these lasting long term is to putty and paint in the future.

Also, the backs are a thin carboard material covered by interior laminate. Lowes won't tell you that, and you assume they are mdf or something similar thickness by looking at the display.

I googled Shenandoah before purchasing and they had very good reviews. It looks like my delivery in Oct and Diznix in June, quality control has gone downhill bigtime. I thought it was odd that my order was completed in 10 days, when normally it takes 3 weeks minimum, and we had our base cabinets depth customized.

VERY disappointed. Even Lowes stock maple cabinets are far superior to this Shennandoah junk.

Kraftmaid quality has gone downhill also from posts I have read at's forums, so it looks like these low end cabinets are not worth the money, or aggravation of planning countertop fabrication, etc and not having cabinets to install.

jeez. real bummer. These cabinets are SO bad, after coming up with this thread on a google search, I registered just to post this and warn others.

ratbike 11-05-2007 10:33 AM

Shenandoah cabinets?
I was initially looking at Merillat. The guy at Lowes convinced me Shenandoah was a viable alternative. After looking at the sample in the store I was convinced. What they sent to my house and what I bought are definately 2 different expectations. I have half my cabinets in and stopped until a rep. can come out. I have a total of 14 upper cabinets, 12 lower cabinets, and a 6 foot x 4 foot island (not even unboxed yet). Out of 9 uppers and 10 lowers, I have 2 entire cabinets that need replacing along with about 75% of the doors and or drawers. I paid good money. The mechanics of the cabinets seem good, its just the "finish quality" I expected for this good money just isn't there. Its like they cut the doors with dull router bits or something, and then never sanded them and applied the finish right over the dirt and scruff. for the money I paid.... Unacceptable!
I guess this could happen to any cabinet you order. Just research it first to make sure other customers are satisfied. So far I'm not, but they are at least coming to look at it and supposedly going to try and make me happy. We'll see.

mdlbldrmatt135 11-05-2007 02:31 PM


Originally Posted by Mike T (Post 18377)
Yes dove tail construction is a must... i thought and was under the impression that HD sold thomasville cabinets but i could be wrong...

Shenandoah are ok ... not by any means the Cadillac of Cabinets but better than some so called new home Woodmark contruction cabinets that are not dovetailed and last about 1 year with hard use

HD Sells: Thomasville, Kraftmaid as well as several others

I Got my Kraftmaid thru them melamine w. Dovetailed drawers..... holding up really well after 3 years of use

Ron6519 11-05-2007 10:50 PM

Cabinet companies make multiple carcass types that look the same. Lowest cost is the melamine covered particle board. Next is 1/2" ply and the last is 3/4" ply. There is about an 8-10% upcharge for each step up. Some doors have veneered raised panels , some have solid wood. Alot of companies are moving away from 3/4 extension guides to the full extension guides.
Before you even walk into a dealer to order cabinets, do research on construction options.

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