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Forum topic by David Freed posted 09-22-2016 08:16 AM 1188 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Freed

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09-22-2016 08:16 AM

Are your face frames 3/4” or 13/16”?

What thickness plywood do you use in the sides, floor, and back of your boxes?

What do you use for a nail rail?

Any reasons for why you use any of the above?

-- David, Southern Indiana

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#1 posted 09-22-2016 10:37 AM

1. either one. Depends on the rough stock quality.

2. 3/4

3. yes.


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#2 posted 09-22-2016 10:39 AM

There are exceptions to every rule but basically

3/4…...on the FF… as to get a more uniform thickness than the SLR 13 /16 offers

ply…..3/4,,,,,,backs on uppers only (1/4 type}

nailing rail…..2 1/4

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#3 posted 09-22-2016 12:39 PM

I generally go frameless, but if there are FF’s, I don’t care anywhere from 11/16 -3/4 if starting with surfaced stock or thicker if starting with rough stock.

I use 3/4 for base and 5/8 for uppers. I generally use full thickness material for the backs. It costs a bit more, but offset by labor – the assembly is only 1 step – no grooves, etc. If I do go with a rail, its 4” wide.

I generally only use double sided melamine, not plywood. (Personal choice, but there are advantages to a light colored laminate surface on the interior of cabs. Also, premium plywood in a cab box drives cost up almost double especially if using prefinished).

If you’re dead set on plywwod in a kitchen, I definitely would laminate the interior.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#4 posted 09-22-2016 08:48 PM

I use 5/8” (15mm) russian birch plywood for my boxes. I used to use 3/4” baltic birch but switched a few years ago. Better quality, lighter weight, thicker veneer and the price is about the same.

I make my face frames 23/32” (18mm) thick. This is where euro style face frame hinges are at their happiest.


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#5 posted 09-22-2016 09:41 PM

The door hinges I use are made for 3/4 inch face frames.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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David Freed

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#6 posted 09-24-2016 12:39 AM

Thanks for all the replies. All the shops in my area make their cabinets the same way. I wanted to see some other methods before I start building.

-- David, Southern Indiana

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