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#1 posted 08-27-2012 10:53 PM

I’d like to know who the teacher is advocating 1/2” uppers. I’ve
considered developing a method using 1/2” material myself.

Some years ago I acquired the jigs for the Donnmar-Weising
method. I believe the old cabinetmakers who developed
it were putting cabinets in high-rises or perhaps tract
apartment remodels in the city, so the weight mattered
to them more than it might in other jobs. It uses 1/2”
ply all-round, even for the face frames I think. I never
found complete documentation on how it was done
so I’m in the dark in some respects.

I often use prefinished “shop” maple, which has mostly blonde
on one side and more brown on the other. It looks nice,
machines well, stays reasonably flat and is not too heavy.

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