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Forum topic by Southsider posted 12-21-2017 07:40 AM 519 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2017 07:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cabinet question toe kick euro frameless base

Hello all,

I want to thank everyone in advance for any tip and info, I have already been learning a ton of stuff from reading posts by all the members here.. So here’s my question.

I am getting ready to build two base cabinets for a home salon for my wife. I’ve decided to go with the frameless euro style cabinets (wife’s choice actually). The cabinets will be identical, each 36” wide, but there will be a roughly 30” gap between them to allow her salon chair to be moved in close to the countertop. I will be installing them in the basement on a concrete floor. Do I need to run stretchers on top or across the backs connecting these two cabinets to each other?

Also my initial plan was to build separate toe kicks so I could more easily level them and set the bases on top, but how will I connect the already assembled cabinets to the toe kick?

Sorry if these are Day 1 questions you guys hear all the time, but this is my first time building cabinets and it’s a bit overwhelming!

Thanks again


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#1 posted 12-21-2017 07:59 AM

I don’t think you need stretchers but I would
screw the cabinets to the countertop.

Many frameless custom cabinets are installed
using plastic leveler legs. The toekick is an
applied panel that clips to the front pair of
levelers. You can put a toekick on the insides
too using the clips, or put on an applied end
which gives a full overlay door kind of an inset
look. The applied end looks nicer imo.

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#2 posted 12-21-2017 11:02 AM

If you don’t want to use the plastic legs you can just build square frames out of construction lumber. Level the frames with shims and attach them to the floor (with a couple of tapcons in your case) or wall. Then screw or pin the cabinets to them from inside the cabinets. And then apply toekick by pinning it to the frame.

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#3 posted 12-22-2017 12:10 AM

If you want to use separate toe kicks, you can install triangular gussets in the corners of the base so you have an easy place to run a screw into to mount the base cabinets.


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#4 posted 12-22-2017 12:55 AM

Under ideal circumstances… would not build any type base for this use

cabinets would mount to the wall…leaving approx 8-10 of clear space to aid in cleaning, mopping, sweeping

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#5 posted 12-22-2017 02:35 AM

Bob Lang describes separate toe kicks in his book. I built mine that way and I think it really helped to level the toe kick before putting the cabinet on.

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#6 posted 12-22-2017 04:57 AM

I wasn’t really thinking ‘salon’ when I read it the first time, but given the need to clean up, I agree with cabmaker that leaving them off the floor mounted to the wall is probably the best approach from a cleaning/maintenance perspective.


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#7 posted 12-22-2017 05:03 AM


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