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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 04-26-2016 03:08 PM 709 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2016 03:08 PM

I have question regarding the spacing of doors/drawers when using a full-overlay cabinet door, on adjacent kitchen cabinets. I’m building new kitchen cabinets, and I’m planning on a 1-3/4” face frame, and a 3/4” reveal. I’ll be using Blum 39C screw-in hinges.

When I see the commercially available cabinets, in the store or at other people’s houses (and currently in our own kitchen), it seems that the face frame reveal on each cabinet box is equal all around to door. So, when you put two of these cabinets next to each other, your reveal is twice as large where they meet. For example, if each box has a 3/4” reveal around the doors, you’ll have a 1-1/2” reveal where two boxes meet.

So, since I have the ability to make these however I want…does anybody ever make a smaller reveal on the side where two cabinets will meet, so that the reveal is constant? Using the example above, have a 3/8” reveal each cabinet box, creating a 3/4” reveal when two boxes are put together? I have a long run of uppers in my kitchen, so making one continuous face frame for all the boxes isn’t going to be a feasible option.

Is this something that’s done, to provide a more consistent reveal? Or, will this look weird, since you’ll also have a seam where the two face frames meet in between the doors, or because you’ll have a different overlay on either side of a drawer front (drawer front overlays 1” on one side, and 1-3/8” on the other)? Am I overcomplicating this?

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#1 posted 04-26-2016 04:27 PM

Matter of taste, but to me equal spacing like that looks a little to “clinical”, especially in painted or laminated cabs.

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#2 posted 04-26-2016 04:41 PM

Yeah, I’m leaning towards just doing an even reveal all around each cab, and it’ll be double where they meet. Less of a chance of screwing things up, too. The face frames and doors will be solid maple, dyed, no paint.

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#3 posted 04-26-2016 05:04 PM

It’s an interesting idea, Ed, but my guess is it would look weird just because of what the eye is accustomed to.

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#4 posted 04-26-2016 05:09 PM

Just watch the spacing so the doors open properly. I had a cabinet shop build me a facing with doors and you couldn’t open two doors at the same time, the stiles were to narrow and the doors would rub on the hinge sides.

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#5 posted 04-26-2016 06:11 PM

You are wanting a European look to your cabinets with consistent spacing and you are working with face frame design. This can be done easiest with the Blum compact 33 hinges and there assortment of mounting plates in different overlay dimensions. I think there plates run from 1/4” to 1 1/2”. Take blue tape and apply it to the frames at all your intersections and make marks at all intersections to figure your sizes,,,,and take good measurements. Keep in mind that the plates come in 1/8” increments only and the down side to the 33 series is very little adjustment left and right and no adjustment for pushing the hinge in or out to compensate for twist in your doors..

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