Ventura County Spring 2010 Home and Garden ShowMar. 01st

W.L. Rubottom will be showing our product at the Ventura Home and Garden show. The Santa Barbara show was a big success.  We were pleased with the decision to build a full size kitchen with appliances from Reids and granite tops from Celestine to show off the quality and capabilities of our product. It takes the capacity of a production shop with a deep knowledge of custom kitchen cabinets to be able to build a mobile cabinet display of such size, and we'll be at it again in Ventura.  The dates of the show are March 19-21.  Stop on by and visit us.  If you need tickets call us at (805) 648-6943 or contact us via the contact page.

Click here to read more about our display and to see the original cabinet drawings of the design.

Check the blog in the future for photos from the Santa Barbara show.

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Frequently Asked QuestionsFeb. 24th

W.L. Rubottom Cabinet Company

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions we receive.  If you have a question that you'd like answered about our product, kitchen design, cabinet design, counter, bathroom design, remodeling, etc., please submit it to and we'll get back to you.

Click here to read our FAQ

Click here to download the pdf

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Ojai Custom Effectively Mixes ColorsFeb. 05th

I often tell custom and remodel customers that you don't have to 'break the bank' to add custom touches to your kitchen remodel.  But if you're going to go to the trouble to get custom kitchen cabinets from us, you should add the special touches and ideas you have into the design.  We will help you turn your ideas into a "kitchen cabinetry" reality.  If it can't be done, or it is prohibitively expensive to do so, we will simply tell you.  But it is often the nice custom modifications that really set apart the custom kitchen cabinet remodel.  This beautiful Ojai home is a good example.

Swiss Coffee kitchen cabinets and the dog.

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Santa Barbara Home and Garden ShowJan. 22nd

The Santa Barbara Home and Garden show is just around the corner.  Rubottom Cabinets will, of course, be there. The show runs from February 27th - 28th at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.  Please come out to the show, we'd love to see you and discuss your project.  We will have our designers on hand, and, if it's not too busy, we'll discuss your project and possibly do some drawing on the computer.  Bring your measurements on a sheet of paper -- the more details the better, and cutouts from magazines or from our website with kitchen design ideas and questions.

The W.L. Rubottom Cabinets Display

We are planning on showing a complete kitchen with appliances.  We are developing it now.  Our goal is to show an elegant, custom kitchen design.  The design we're working on is full size and demonstrates the advantages of having truly custom kitchen cabinets produced by a local and modern cabinet maker.  In the interest of explaining our design thoughts for this show and to demonstrate how we put a custom kitchen project together from inception to drawing to manufacturing, I've scanned in the drawings below.  Click here to check out our working drawings.

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In the Shop on December 12Dec. 02nd

I don't go into the shop every day, but I should. 

Alder Hood

Walking through today I was impressed by some interesting work and materials.  On one assembly table Flor had a simply enormous and complicated hood cabinet he was building out of alder.  The functional design of this cabinet is quite impressive.  It will be interesting to see how it installs in the kitchen.


Douglas Fir Linen

On the next table Jim had a simple linen, but it was the Douglas Fir material that was striking.  The hearty straight grain of the Fir will be beautiful on this tall cabinet. I'm excited to see these cabinets when they're finished and installed.  Updates to follow...

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Dovetail DrawersOct. 30th


There is something about the dovetail drawer that connotes quality.  A dovetail is a type of woodworking joint.  To quote Wikipedia: "A dovetail joint or simply dovetail is a joint technique most commonly used in woodworking joinery. Noted for its resistance to being pulled apart (tensile strength), the dovetail joint is commonly used to join for example the sides of a drawer to the front. A series of pins cut to extend from the end of one board interlock with a series of tails cut into the end of another board. The pins and tails have a trapezoidal shape. Once glued, a wooden dovetail joint requires no mechanical fasteners."



Dovetail joints have been around for as long as people have skillfully been working with wood and are used in instruments, furniture, and most commonly drawers.  We offer dovetail drawers in a variety of materials, from plywood to solid maple, with side mounted guides or undermount soft-close guides, in our custom cabinets.  The dovetail drawer is not necessarily stronger or nicer than our standard white drawer, but they are certainly a bit, shall we say, "classic".