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ANSI/AWI 1232-2022 - Manufactured Wood Casework


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(This foreword is not a part of American National Standard AWI 1232–2022 – Manufactured Wood Casework)

ANSI/AWI 1232–2022 – Manufactured Wood Casework is intended to provide standards and tolerances for the quality and fit of Manufactured Wood Casework and related interior finishes.

This standard encompasses a variety of manufactured wood casework, including wood veneer-faced architectural cabinets, plastic-laminate-clad architectural cabinets, and cabinet and drawer hardware as specified under CSI MasterFormat Division 12.

This standard establishes structural and aesthetic tolerances for each of the aforementioned applications, ensuring that the final product is of the utmost quality with regards to visual appeal and structural integrity.

This standard is intended for use by individuals and organizations from all aspects of the architectural woodwork industry, including architects, design professionals, /suppliers, contractors, s, and end users. Individuals within the architectural woodwork industry will use this standard to maintain a high degree of control over the aesthetic quality and the structural integrity of their work, ensuring that potential differentiations in the workmanship and implementation of projects are made uniform.

The requirements contained within this standard are derived from AWI’s Architectural Woodwork Standards that the organization has been publishing in various formats since its inception in 1953. Each requirement has been thoroughly vetted by a committee of leading volunteer professionals in the architectural woodwork industry to ensure that the content is up-to-date and relevant to the current industry requirements.

Effective August 15, 2022, this standard becomes the AWI Standard for Manufactured Wood Casework. 


Suggestions for the improvement of this standard will be welcome. Suggestions should be sent to:
Architectural Woodwork Institute
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AWI Standards Development:
Doug Hague, Executive Vice President
Hunter Morrison, Technical Director
Cheryl Dermyre, Technical Project Manager
Jairus Whitley, Graphic Designer

This standard was processed and approved for submittal to ANSI by Accredited Standards Committee on AWI 1232 Manufactured Wood Casework. Committee approval of the standard does not necessarily imply that all committee members voted for its approval. At the time it approved this standard, the AWI 1232 Manufactured Wood Casework Committee had the following members:

Cory Bittner, Committee Chair – TMI Systems Corporation
Jordan Backs – Pittsburg State University
Philip Duvic – Non-Voting Member
Randy Jensen – Leonard Peterson & Company, Inc.
Greg Lutz, Committee Chair – Lutz Woodworks
Michael McNulty – Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI)
William Munyan – R&M Group Architects
Greg Parham – AWI Quality Certification Corporation (QCC)

The following organizations, recognized as having an interest in the standardization of Manufactured Wood Casework, were contacted prior to the approval of this standard. Inclusion in this list does not necessarily imply that the organization concurred with the submittal of the proposed standard to ANSI.

Madison College
Composite Panel Association (CPA)
Decorative s Association (Formerly )
Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA)
Leonard Peterson & Company, Inc.
Case Systems Inc.
AWI Quality Certification Corporation (QCC) Woodwork Institute
Stevens Industries
Steelcase Inc.
Advanced Cabinet Systems
WDG Architecture

1.0 Purpose

a) Provide standards and tolerances for the quality and fit of Manufactured Wood Casework and related interior finishes (henceforth referred to as “Product”).

b) Establish minimum aesthetic and performance requirements intended to provide a well-defined degree of control over a project’s quality of materials and workmanship for Manufactured Wood Casework.

2.0 Scope

a) Provides aesthetic and performance standards for Product designed and manufactured/supplied for specific construction projects. Such casework is typically produced in stock incremental measurements and typically available by ’s product line catalog.

2.1 Included

a) Product as specified under CSI MasterFormat Divisions:

  • 12 32 00 Manufactured Wood Casework
  • 12 32 13 Manufactured Wood-Veneer-Faced Casework
  • 12 32 16 Manufactured Plastic-Laminate-Clad Casework
2.2 Not Included

a) Installation of Product.

b) Structural components, grounds, in-wall blocking, backing, furring, brackets, or other anchorage that becomes an integral part of the building’s walls, floors, or ceilings are not furnished or installed under the scope of this standard’s requirements.

c) Product as specified under CSI MasterFormat Division 06 00 00.

d) Product as specified under CSI MasterFormat Division 12 35 00.

e) Manufactured wood casework included in the scope of ANSI/KCMA A161.1 Performance and Construction Standard for Kitchen & Vanity Cabinets (latest edition).

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