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#1 posted 06-17-2018 07:02 PM


Much appreciated. I take it then that the stretchers are not critically but may make the assembly and alignment a little easier for inset cabinets. I’ve also read that stretchers can add a little structural integrity if you have a heavy countertop and keep the cabinet sides from bowing.

Regarding the drawers, I think you’re right. I’ll fix that as I keep going through the design and post some more pictures once everything is in its place.

We went back and forth between doing full overlay shaker on a face frame vs. doing inset “slab” style doors. Ultimately, we decided on inset slabs because we like the style. I agree that they are more difficult (and annoying) to build. We’ll be using MDF core plywood for the doors due to large seasonal humidity variations in Alaska. That should keep them flat and avoid expansion issues somewhat.

I completely agree with your comments on the stiles and rails. That was an oversight on my part. The middle stile should be sitting on top of the bottom stretcher/rail and the bottom stretcher/rail should be butting into the right stile. That’s the arrangement I had elsewhere.

PS the cholla vase on your site is great!

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