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02-18-2016 06:32 PM

Thanks to the lovely termites, I am needing to replace my Kitchen lower cabinets. I plan on taking this on myself. I don’t have the measurements yet but is there any reason to build it in separate cabinets instead of a 8ft long section? Thanks Michael

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#1 posted 02-18-2016 06:37 PM

Unless you’re building it in place, you will find that an 8’ long section of base cabinets is quite heavy and very awkward to move into place. Smaller separate cabinets are easier to move and to install (remember that level, straight and plumb are your friends).

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#2 posted 02-18-2016 06:57 PM

So if I have a section that has about 6ft back exposed, would I just skin it with 1/4 in plywood?

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#3 posted 02-18-2016 07:29 PM

It’s done both ways.

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#4 posted 02-18-2016 07:46 PM

Where I’m at, plywood doesn’t vary much in cost depending on thickness so I just build my entire boxes out of 3/4”. It’s not really necessary for the backs, but it keeps me from having to store several different thicknesses, and I can easily dado the backs at the same time I dado both sides of the cabinet. Never sags. Just my personal experience. Like I said, emphasis on the fact it doesn’t save me much money to drop to 1/2” or 1/4”.

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#5 posted 02-19-2016 12:45 PM

Perfectly acceptable to build 1 unit. Installation is much easier, less material, quicker to build. If you’ve got some help even an 8’ base unit isn’t that hard to handle.Check out the videos on he has a demo of building one single unit.

You can close the back in multiple ways depending on what kind of look you want. Plywood, frame/panels, bead board, even drywall. Yes, you could use 1/4 but if, for example it is a bar 1/4 is too thin IMO.

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#6 posted 02-19-2016 10:10 PM

Well here is the layout now and I need to do it the same size to reuse my corian countertop. The right side is exposed to the dinning room and has three doors on the opposite side that I will make pull out drawers instead. I would like to do lazy susans in the corners but not sure how much room is needed on the front. Any suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks Michael

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#7 posted 02-21-2016 03:42 PM


I single 8’ run of base cabinets has a couple of advantages. It is a custom look with no seams where short cabinets are otherwise attached. You can get a little more (not much) storage inside the cabinet and less material is used.

The disadvantages are an 8’ cabinet requires a lot of shop space. I build the cabinet first and then use it to for dimensions for drawers and shelves. Therefore it sets in the shop for a while and can be in the way. It is obviously heavier than several smaller cabinets, more difficult to level, and could be very difficult to even get into the kitchen. EZ-Level cabinet levelers solve the leveling problems, since the back of the cabinets can be raised and lowered from the front of the cabinet. As you design the base cabinets, make sure you can move them from the shop into the kitchen.

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