Upper display cabinet

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Forum topic by Elvin posted 06-30-2010 03:56 AM 996 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2010 03:56 AM

I am building an upper display cabinet above a wet bar. The width of the cabinet will be 75” and 27” high. It will have six doors with glass fronts and glass shelves. The question I have, is a single cabinet of this width to long to install in one piece or should I place three separate 25” cabinets together on the wall. If I do this I will have two partitions inside the cabinets that will block the light between the cabinets. Am I over thinking this or do I have a problem?
Thanks for the assist,

-- Elvin, Southern California, "How great would life be if we lived a little of it everyday"

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#1 posted 06-30-2010 04:15 AM

Hi Elvin,

When we do a cabinet that size we do it either way depending on whether it is Euro style or face face construction.

If it is face frame we will make it as one cabinet. Heavier, but simpler to install one cabinet instead of three.

If it is Euro (frameless) we will make it as 3 cabinets. The reason for this is because with Euro cabinets it is easier to align the doors if each pair of doors is a separate cabinet.

The first Euro kitchen we ever made we made a 6 foot cabinet with 3 pairs of doors and it was a nightmare trying to get the doors aligned to the customers satisfaction. We later figured out it was because the 2 vertical partitions in the cabinet were not exactly plum so adjusting one set of doors messed up the adjacent set. When you make three separate cabinets each one is square.

Hopes this helps.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#2 posted 06-30-2010 04:48 AM

Thanks Jerry, that helps a lot!

-- Elvin, Southern California, "How great would life be if we lived a little of it everyday"

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#3 posted 06-30-2010 03:21 PM

Either way, have you thought about using a French cleat to hang it/them? This would guarantee alignment and being level.

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#4 posted 06-30-2010 05:41 PM

I don’t think it will be too long to install, like you asked. The real problem I see is if you do do it as one big cabinet and have glass shelves, they will have to be really thick to span 75” or so, costing a lot more and adding a ton of weight. I would do it a separate cabinets and install lights in each one… my 2 cents

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