|Forum topic by sarahss||posted 316 days ago||849 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
316 days ago
I have a question—or maybe several questions about an upper cabinet design I’m considering. This pertains only to upper cabs. I’m considering building one large box from 3/4 plywood—one top, bottom, back and 2 ends—no dividers in between—and just making one large face frame to attach to it. I thinik it will be about 8 feet long. I like the taller 30 inch uppers and mabye 18 inches deep instead of the standard 12 inches. Inset doors. Lumber species yet to be determined. So…here goes with the questions.
1. Pros/cons to this? I realize that this will mean working with larger pieces of 3/4 ply, and will be heavy, but aside from that.
2. is this strong enough
3. is there reason to worry about sagging—if so what to do to prevent it (maybe bowing is a better term—will the plywood bow over the lenght over time?
4. Would i be better to wait and install the doors once the cabinet is installed so as to be able to scribe them to a really good fit—I guess i’m worried that if i have them pre installed, it will be heavier, but also if for some reason installation causes some distortion in the openings for the doors, they won’t work properly.
5. any cons to the 18×30 design? should I worry about banging my head every time i get near them? i’m not the most graceful of God’s critters!
6. should I install a french cleat to hang it? if not what would be the best way? It will have one end against a wall and won’t show, and the other end will have a decorative end panel.
Basically, I like the idea of opening the cabinet and being able to see from one end to the other, but I really do want a sound design that will be strong and hold up over time. Sorry for the long post, but I really value the advice available here, and look forward to hearing what others think.