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Forum topic by Rob Vicelli posted 01-22-2011 05:53 AM 1115 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rob Vicelli

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01-22-2011 05:53 AM

Hi, i am building some lower cabinets for my kitchen and previously for lowers I followed sommerfeld’s t&G method. For these cabinets I would like to use levelers so I will need to change my constuction methods as the T&G method will not allow the lower shelf/bottom to support the cabinet weight so I plan to dado the lower shelf into the side. What would be the correct depth and would this allow me to place the leveler under the joint of both the side and bottom?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

-- Rob V

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#1 posted 01-22-2011 06:16 AM

I normally go 1/8 inch (rabbits & dados) in standard type bases. That would leave plenty for your levelers. FWIW , I once as a rule plowed 1/4 to 3/8, it only took twenty or so years to determine that was unneccessary. On some builds it is not enough however but you will be fine at that on your bases. Good luck JB

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#2 posted 01-22-2011 06:26 AM

thanks cabmaker, without your advice I would have guessed 3/8, but 1/8” it is!! thanks for the tip.

-- Rob V

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