Face frame dimensions.

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by Jonathan posted 08-19-2019 01:10 PM 205 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Jonathan's profile


2 posts in 144 days

08-19-2019 01:10 PM

I’m redoing our kitchen and going to full overlay. I want to maximize the available drawer and cabinet areas so I want to minimize everything else. I keep seeing 2.5 and 1.5 and 2.0” as options but never any .50 overlay. Is there some reason I can’t have 1/2” overlay and 1.125 face frame dimensions where doors and/or drawers meet and 1” on the ends. That way I maximize the usable container area while allowing for 1/2” overlay and 1/8” between doors Nd drawers. Thanks for your help.

6 replies so far

View DS's profile


3265 posts in 2900 days

#1 posted 08-19-2019 01:21 PM

If you truly want to maximize the usable container, then I would recommend frameless cabinetry.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

View splintergroup's profile


2825 posts in 1702 days

#2 posted 08-19-2019 01:55 PM

Of course you can do whatever you want which is the beauty of “custom”.

The only thing I can think of is having 1/2” of space between the inside edge of the FF and the interior cabinet side to allow for standard drawer slides. To maximize space, cabinets can be constructed as single piece, one large cabinet for the entire length of the run. Of course this brings up issues with moving and fitting it in place, but it allows you to eliminate having double sidewalls and the small air gap between the standard single piece cabinet construction.

View pottz's profile


5970 posts in 1464 days

#3 posted 08-19-2019 02:08 PM

If you truly want to maximize the usable container, then I would recommend frameless cabinetry.

- DS

+1 you cant maximize anymore than that.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

View PPK's profile


1504 posts in 1289 days

#4 posted 08-19-2019 05:14 PM

If you’re set on the overlay method:
One thing to consider, especially if you’re renovating, is that the smaller the gap, the less forgiveness there is. Both aesthetically, and practically. What I mean is that if a door or drawer front is off by 1/16”, most people won’t really see it if there’s a nice 1” or 1.5” space between doors/drawers. With only 1/8”, you may get drawers knocking on each other or not closing. I’m only speaking from experience. Remodels aren’t perfect… some things just aren’t square/plumb, etc….

-- Pete

View Jonathan's profile


2 posts in 144 days

#5 posted 08-19-2019 09:04 PM

That’s the thing. Fortunately. These carcasses are square so I’m using them instead of all new. They were made for face frame so I’m staying that road. Just trying to get the most out of them. Thanks all for the replies!

View therealSteveN's profile


3618 posts in 1054 days

#6 posted 08-19-2019 09:54 PM

Probably reading this will be helpful Because on a frameless cab, which offers you the most usable room inside, you can have a full overlay, 1/2” overlay, or flush fit. Plus these days they offer over 90 swings, so essentially the door disappears so you can easily exit sliding interior drawers, trays, and what have you.

-- Think safe, be safe

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics