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Forum topic by woodworkingdrew posted 05-13-2014 10:59 PM 733 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-13-2014 10:59 PM

I will be starting a small closet shelving unit tomorrow. What is the typical width of a face frame? 1.5-2inches? Thanks

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#1 posted 05-13-2014 11:09 PM

Mine are 2 1/4” when I do them.

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#2 posted 05-14-2014 12:38 AM

I have used 2” in the past.

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#3 posted 05-14-2014 12:51 AM

I usually do 2.25”. You can do whatever you like but consider
the proportional relationship to the door frame parts. In inset
cabinets it’s all right out there. In overlay face frame cabinetwork,
width of face frames affects hinge choices and clearances, so
figure out your hinges before you make a narrow face frame.
2.25” is probably safe for all hinges without looking too cramped
with overlay doors.

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