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#1 posted 01-26-2008 01:20 AM

This actually addresses something that I ponder late at night regarding things that get covered up, secondary wood, etc.

When building cabinets I consider the substructure that gets covered up. I’m not a big fan of particle board. But, then, I’ve built alot of melamine cabinets. Then I considered the cabs I’m going to build for my own house.

In the end I think, does it really matter to me what the carcass is made of? Knowing what P/B is like regarding fasteners and such, I’m thinking that maybe I should just deal with the melamine. It’s got a nice hard surface for the inside. It’s usually flat, etc., etc. The only thing that is really important about cabinets is the face frame and doors. Everything else is hidden 99% of the time. And as long as it’s stable, flat, and durable, I guess P.B. is not too bad.

I’ve been wrestling with this for awhile since in my current situation we do alot of glue-up panels for frame and panel stuff plus veneer….not the 1/gazillionth thick stuff, but resawn and vacuum-bagged to a substrate walnut crotches and stuff. So I’d like really crafty stuff, but….the reality sets in and sez why? I think if I’m going to build something that matters and is visible and decorative I’ll glue up or use frame and panel, if it’s just inside surface….I think i’m being suduced by the P.B. or MDF/veneer side.

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