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#1 posted 07-12-2012 02:31 PM

Lots of questions. Are your counters extra deep? If they are standard, and you make the uppers 6” deeper than usual, you will be banging you head into the uppers when you work on the counter. I do all the cooking at our place, and I would hate that arrangement. If your counters are extra deep, not a problem, or if you have an island or peninsula where you do all your prep that doesn’t have the cabinets, it could work. It would also be something a future buyer might not like; may or may not be a concern for you.

I would be concerned about the strength of a single 8’ box. Even if the shelves are supported, you load that puppy down with dishes and the like, it will be heavy. All that stress will be on the two side to back joints. I think you would have sagging and possibly a failure of the side/back joint.

The largest upper in my kitchen is 2’-9” wide, I could see going to 3’, but I don’t think I would go longer.

French cleat works fine. Mine are just screwed through the back into studs.

-- John

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