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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 10-28-2012 12:07 PM

I’ve been using prefinished ply for the last 4-5 years for any cabinets I built and like others, there’s no way I’d go back to the unfinished stuff. I use the Columbia Forest Products stuff (just happens to be what me dealer carries) so it’s very good plywood anyway. The finish is so tough I’ve yet to scratch/damage it while machining it. Screws are great for assembly, and glue will pop right off the surface. I typically use the finished-1-side stuff to save money. On the next cabinets I build I’m going to try a trick Alaska Guy suggested recently. No dadoes, rabbets, just butt joints on the carcase. Brad them together, square them up, and then screw them together. If you’ve ever saw the pics of the kitchen he did this way, you’d know how well it works!

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