I am building a replacement cabinet for my kitchen. The face frame is red oak.
The face frame on the cabinet I am replacing had grooves in the full length of the stiles. The cabinet sides fit into these grooves. The back edge of the stiles on the frame had a radius routed onto them.
Is this a common way to attach face frames? Would you guys recommend doing this with the new cabinet too? (The right side stile of the old cabinet had been planed to make room for a refrigerator—tight squeeze. Only the left side will be visible.)
Non-essential background for the curious:
It is a full-height cabinet, 24” deep. It replaces one that had housed a wall oven and built-in microwave. The built-in microwave died and left a huge, ugly space behind. My motivation for building a new one was:
(1) To create a more attractive space for a modern microwave:
– I made some intermediate rails (above wall oven and below upper doors) wider to eat up vertical space.
– My stiles are full width. The stiles on the old cabinet had been notched to accommodate the huge built-in microwave. (It was ancient and may have been powered by a water wheel or steam or something. 8-)
– I added a shelf on which the microwave will sit. The shelf has a little rounded-over protrusion like a window stool.
(2) To replace the ugly side of the old cabinet. It was particle board covered with a faux wood grain sticker. My new cabinet has oak-faced plywood on that visible side.
(3) To have fun in my shop. 8-)