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Forum topic by Jackietreehorn posted 02-21-2014 12:04 AM 862 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jackietreehorn

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02-21-2014 12:04 AM

Hi guys, building some garage cabinets for a buddy, or, more like some cubbies and a small fridge surround. Question I have is on face frames, I see kitchen cabinets where the frame isn’t flush with panels, but raised a bit. Is there a reason for this? I was thinking I would keep it flush so when he’s sliding bins in and out that they don’t catch. Thanks in advance

Frame flushed like how I’d like to do it

Frame raised a bit like I see a lot in kitchens…

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cabmaker

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#1 posted 02-21-2014 12:32 AM

There is rhyme and reason to your observation. When you have lots of cabinets going on face frames or often done separately and at different times than the boxes. when one makes slight adjustments when building the boxes he normally drops a dado line slightly below where the face frame rail line is to insure that when the frames are applied to the box that the shelf edge is safely concealed.

A misaligned rail exposing any fraction of ply shelf looks very unprofessional .

The slight quirk in the face frame rail is neither here nor there, in other words makes no difference unless were talking about an open shelf situation.

Don’t worry I’ve never seen or heard of anyone that was unable to maneuver an item over that slight bump.

Enjoy JB

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Jackietreehorn

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#2 posted 02-21-2014 01:00 AM

Thanks for the info, makes sense, is there a standard to go with? I was thinking 1/8” in order to keep it slim as possible.

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#3 posted 02-21-2014 01:24 AM

No standard I’m aware of. Mine typically finish at approx. 1/16 unless it is a high profile situation where being flush is criteria.

If thats the case there are several ways to achieve that: flush trim bit, panel pilot, sander, scraper,block plane,etc.

Or just by sight and feel.

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JimRochester

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#4 posted 02-22-2014 02:33 PM

Have you considered frameless cabinets for simplicity?

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Jackietreehorn

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#5 posted 02-22-2014 03:37 PM

Frameless is my preferred method, and it’s what I did in my garage. This guy wants a face frame, we’re doing white melamine with a charcoal face frame and aluminum will be used on shelf edges. Should hopefully look pretty cool…

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