|Forum topic by tooold||posted 03-03-2011 08:37 PM||2434 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
03-03-2011 08:37 PM
I’m working on my second kitchen, trying to remember everything I learned doing the first one.
I’ll try to attach a Sketchup picture of it – it’s basically a 12-foot island, plus some floor and wall cabinets flanking the stove on the wall.
My question is about “continuous” face frames – ones where stiles overlap and you might have rails running the length of the cabinet. Does anyone have any tips on assembling these? I’m using a pretty standard plan with 18mm (3/4”) carcases, maple face frames with inset doors. Face frames are attached with pocket screws. After scratching my head a lot, it seems like you’d start at one end, attach rails, then one end of the long stiles. Then, get your second carcase into position, level it, square it, then attach it to the overlapping rail from the first cabinet, and the stiles. Then, repeat until you run out of cabinets.
I should mention that this is my kitchen, so it’s not a case of a client demanding it. It’s more me weighing the option.
Trying to figure out pros and cons, seems like it comes down to:
No breaks in the face frames on a long cabinet. I’m sure it would look nice, but nice enough to justify the trouble? Put the other way around, no ugly gaps between face frames to irritate me.
The whole assembly might be a bit stronger, and would hang together better over time. Maybe.
Can’t finish cabinets in the shop.
Much more of a pain to assemble, reaching around to drive screws.
Can’t do pocket screws from outside the carcase on at least one side of every cabinet, so there’s added finishing work (plugs), or screw holes if I get lazy.
Given that I’d have to level this as I assemble, I lose the opportunity to level the whole assembly of individual cabinets before joining them up with a few wood screws through the sides.
I’m pretty much thinking out loud about something I don’t know enough about, so anyone who can throw a few brain cells my way would really be helping me out!
EDIT: Obviously, the picture doesn’t show the continuous face frame…