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10-08-2012 11:47 PM

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Hi. I am going to build a base cabinet with upper shelving for someone. I have a question about building the base cabinets. The person has two rolling file cabinets about 30” h x 30” w. For a total of 60” w, combined. He would like the file cabinets to sit on the floor with the base cabinet built around them; so he can just roll them in and out if need be. This would mean that I would have to build the base cabinets without a bottom.

I am thinking that I would build two boxes, join them together, and fix them to the wall studs, then add the cabinet top. I would include a faceframe as well.

I’ve built cabinets before but have never built them without a base. My concern is that the sides could eventually pinch inwards or outwards over time even though they will be attached to the wall studs and have a faceframe. I hope this isn’t too confusing. Any advice would be helpful.


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#1 posted 10-09-2012 12:05 AM

if I understand it correctly, you have 2 boxes with a recess between them for the rollouts? if so you are describing a dishwasher opening in most kitchens (i.e. quite common).

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#2 posted 10-09-2012 12:45 AM

Back should aid in lending structural integrity>

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#3 posted 10-09-2012 11:51 AM

teejk- that’s pretty much the set up. however, the left and right end panels are the two that won’t be attached to any sort of base, like you might see in a dishwasher set up. thanks for the input.

Thanks cabmaker

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#4 posted 10-09-2012 01:40 PM

fred…I guess I don’t quite understand. If there is a cabinet on either side of the recess, then they serve as “legs” and either the end panels are part of the boxes (or the end panels are strictly cosmetic panels attached to the boxes). If not the case, then maybe you have something similar to a harvest table…a structural skeleton of say 2×2 or more to which you would attach the panel ends. The skeleton would have to rely on the top stretchers for stability (although you might get to insert a rear bottom stretcher depending on the depth of the rolling cabinets or rely on a full back). M&T joints should make it strong enough.

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#5 posted 10-09-2012 02:19 PM

If there’s no cabinet or wall on either side to keep the front lower corners of the base sides from moving, you can fix them to the floor with small “L” brackets like they use on refrigerator panels on an end run. They’re only about 1 inch and won’t interfere with the wheels on the file cabinets unless the wheels are flush to the sides of the file cabinet. Most are tucked under a bit.

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#6 posted 10-09-2012 04:09 PM

You might consider using 1.5” thick sides with an internal frame and
plywood skins. You could screw them to the wall and floor and
attach the skin after. Basically a little interior wall.

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#7 posted 10-09-2012 11:51 PM

thanks everyone. i thought about fixing the sides to the floor but he has fairly new hardwood floors. i haven’t mentioned this to him yet. guess i’ll see how it goes.

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