Most appropriate way to assemble plywood kitchen base unit?

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Forum topic by goonner4life posted 05-24-2015 05:22 PM 776 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2015 05:22 PM

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I am building a kitchen base unit (frame less type) out of melamine plywood. Regarding the assembly of the ‘box’ is it OK for the side panel to rest ON TOP of the bottom panel and the screws go from the bottom. Meaning that the edge of the bottom panel will be visible, which is not an issue for me

In most,if not all, pictures and videos I Have seen so far the side panel goes adjacent to the bottom panel, and the screws goes in from the side.


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#1 posted 05-24-2015 05:44 PM

Maybe I’m not understanding, but the reason the bottom is usually not exposed is because it is usually not all the way to the floor. Normally there is a toe-kick area below the doors. That area is below the bottom panel. The bottom panel is not on the floor, but around 4 inches above the floor, so I just don’t see how your idea will work, unless you are not going to have a recessed toe-kick area and just have doors all the way to the floor.

Edited. If you are going to build a separate box or platform for the cabinets to sit on, then of course it could be done and still have the toe-kick, so it would be just a matter of preference then and you already said you don’t mind, so I don’t see a problem.

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#2 posted 05-24-2015 06:10 PM

I do it both ways, depends on what I’m building. Sometimes it’s just easier when the ends and center dividers are all the same height, makes it easier to locate/drill all the pin holes for the shelves.(everything is the same measurement).
Personally I think it’s stronger than if your doing it from the side and not having a dado. All the weight is sitting on the shelf, (and kick).

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#3 posted 05-24-2015 06:41 PM

@Dalem maybe I was not very clear, but i think @woodust has got my point. I too think that if you are not resting the side panels on top of the bottom panels, then it should have dadoes for a more sturdy structure. Because otherwise all the weight of the countertop (granite or whatever) will be transferred to the bottom panel via the screws fixing the side panel to the bottom panel! So you confirm that I can cut my end and center divider panel same height and screw them from the bottom instead of from the side?
I forgot to mention that I’ll be using the adjustable plastic legs below the carcass, to keep the units off the floor due to dampness and water etc. And for the plywood edge, ill use edge-banding to finish it. BTW are the edge band with pre-glue better or should I use some other glue for it to have a better hold?

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