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Forum topic by Jackietreehorn posted 02-18-2015 12:40 AM 642 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2015 12:40 AM

I’ve been researching the frameless style a bit, (I’ve built both styles for garages, but never a full setup like a kitchen) and one of the concerns I’ve read is if the base cabinets for example were built using a plywood that they tend to bow etc at the front of the cabinet. Wouldn’t something like this: Keep the plywood from wanting to move?

I’m wanting to build my own kitchen cabinets for the sake of practicing for when I build a house someday. The frameless appeals to me in the quickness to get it done and for the fact the current ones are frameless melamine(a very cheap version of melamine). Once I started reading about the problem of the bow (someone referred to it as potato chipping) I thought maybe because my current ones are particle board based that would be why it hasn’t happened yet? Is it a size, or a material type that causes the potato chip?

Secondly, how big is too big for a frameless cabinet? we have a sheetrocked pantry that pretty much would be better if it was made like a wardrobe type cabinet.



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#1 posted 02-18-2015 01:07 AM

Can’t help ya with your questions however the pdf may be of some use.

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#2 posted 02-18-2015 03:02 AM

We do frameless cabs now, we also do ff cabs. I have never had any issues with cupping that u mention. I tend not to go over 36” wide. I think shelves get weaker as u go wider. The main learning curve I have had to overcome is designing in such a way that allows for crown molding and also for a recessed bottom on upper cabs where folks like to place their under cab lighting. I cannot really help much though as my software does all the thinking for me and my cnc does the cutting. I will say that I really would not enjoy frameless cabs without using the cnc and having the edgebander. Otherwise I would just do ff cabs. The cnc will cut a very nice looking blind dado that works nice for the frameless cabs.

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#3 posted 02-18-2015 03:25 AM

I can help you.
Jerry has a lot of good points.
PM Me.

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