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John_G

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114 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: cabinet assembly maple kitchens

Hey everyone, I have a friend/client that would like me to build a stand alone pantry unit. It’ll be approx. 24×24x90. Unfortunately my shop only has a ceiling that’s 84” high. SO I was thinking…. Could I build this entire cabinet laying on it’s side?? I though I could take a couple saw horses and make them my assembly surface. Possibly cover the top of the saw horses with a towel to protect the sides of the cabinet. What’s everyone think about this idea. Is it smart, doable?? Is there something I should be careful of being on it’s side? For what it’s worth I’ll be using 3/4” Maple plywood, with a solid maple face frame, and full overlay doors. The inside could be shelving of slide out drawers with ball bearing glides.

Thanks in advance everyone,
John Gray

-- John Gray


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mikeevens45

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#1 posted 114 days ago

I would try face up…will make squaring the plywood easier on edge when joining…dado and rabbet? inset back? I built one 40×72 x 18 and my ceiling is 80… but I built it in a top/bottom configuration…did it on its back face up its in the project gallery…plus the face up method lowers chances of scuffing the side faces….clamps easier etc…good luck…post pics when done

mike

-- as technology progresses, wood workers seem to regress...all my power tools and my favorite is a chisel and a hand plane

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mikeevens45

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#2 posted 114 days ago

used to spend a lot of time and money by where you live…troyer race cars lol

mike

-- as technology progresses, wood workers seem to regress...all my power tools and my favorite is a chisel and a hand plane

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Greg Guarino

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#3 posted 114 days ago

I think the first thing you’d better do is to make sure that there’s a route through your friend’s house that will accommodate an object that size. Not to mention a vehicle.

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#4 posted 114 days ago

Being you ask, I would say no.

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#5 posted 114 days ago

You could always build two stacking units, much easier to install…likely more efficient use of cuttings as well.

If it’s truely stand alone, you could always use finished panels on the side too.

To my mind the configuration you describe is a waste of space.

24” less 1.5” for sides=22.5”

Lose at least an inch on each side for the face frame..

yer down to 20.5”

lose another inch for drawer slides

no 19.5

If you use 1/2” baltic birch for drawers, yer down to 18.5

So you lost 5.5” out of a 24” space. Thats about 23% loss

If you go with 5/8” European construction ( Yer using full overlay doors anyway, so who cares about the face frame

Besides, hinges for the European style are cheaper, more readily obtained, and less prone to constant recalls that face frame hinges.

you lose 1.25” for the gables, 1” for the drawer glides, 1” for the drawer sides, yer down to 20.75 useable space, a loss of 3.25” from the 24” opening. thats less than 15% wasted space, easier construction, less fuss in construction, less finishing.

To me it would be win win win to go that way. And I can’t see yer project from here, so it’s just a perspective I offer up.

Eric

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#6 posted 113 days ago

Thanks for all the opions everyone, they really do help.

realcowtown_eric: you make a really good point on the dimenesions, i’ll have to review with them.

cabmaker: are you saying “no” this isn’t a good idea?? How come?

-- John Gray

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