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#1 posted 03-31-2012 03:30 PM

Chipy: I’m looking at the Blum euro style with soft close built-in (screw in, not press in). Face frame mount (wrap around). Doors are 1/2” overlay. I have the info from Blum and double check before purchasing … it’s like 32 hinges to be installed and I think it might be worth buying their jig just to simplify things. I’m going to use the Blum undermount drawer slides on a few of the cabinets and will be getting their jig for drilling the drawers. The jigs aren’t cheap, but I think they save a lot of time and frustration.

Sawkerf: I don’t have a shaper. :) I’m actually using 1/2” panels. Edge rabbet on the back side to leave a 1/4” tongue all around. I’ll probably run the stiles and rails through the table saw with a 1/4” dado setup. So on the INSIDE of the door, the panel is about flush with the stiles/rails, but on the outside, the panel is 1/4” inset.. I’ve done doors that way a lot and they work great. My only concern here would be the weight. I’ve never thought of them as overly heavy when using a 1/2” panel instead of 1/4”, AND I’ve checked them against the Blum hinges I plan to use and I’m still well within weight limits … in fact I may only activate the soft-close on one hinge in a pair as the doors won’t be heavy enough to require both to be activated. I’m using 1/2” for the carcass backs and since I’m not a production shop, the difference between 1/2 and 1/4 is not worthy of consideration for me. :)

(carcasses are 3/4” 9-ply birch. Backs are 1/2” birch. Cabinet face frames, 3/4” maple. Doors shaker style 3/4” frames with 1/2” plywood panels. Finish will be paint/glaze/satin clearcoat)

I know some of the stuff I’m doing probably isn’t how a production shop would do it, but it’s just me and it’s my kitchen…. errr…. my wife’s kitchen…

I have a couple of odd cabinets to build. One is 18” deep and will house a microwave and toaster oven, will have a pullout so you can set things down, stir, and put back in or whatever.
The other odd cabinet is for a 36” wide, 10” deep stainless steel apron front farmhouse sink. That one will be a first for me but I spoke to the sink manufacturer and they were extremely helpful.

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