Cabinets & Countertops by Editors of Fine Woodworking

By Editors of Fine Woodworking

Cupboards & counter tops, the most recent publication within the "For execs by way of professionals "series, is the simplest field-tested residential development details for pro developers and remodelers and bold owners. Articles can be chosen from "Fine Homebuilding "magazine, the country's most sensible residential building journal. Taunton's "For professionals by way of execs" sequence is a class chief; those are the best-built books for developers. The meant viewers for this publication contains execs (small scale developers, common contractors, and reworking contractors searching for professional-level effects and useful, specialist suggestion) and bold, skilled DIYers.

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I look for well-built carcases and face frames. The bottoms, sides, and backs of the cabinets should be in good condition and anchored to one another solidly. Adjustable shelves should work. I also check that face frames are firmly attached to the cabinet carcases, or can be reattached easily, and that the face-frame joinery is flush and secure. A set of kitchen cabinets, of course, is made up of a number of smaller units that are assembled when the kitchen is installed. If there are gaps between the face frames on adjoining cabinets, I usually can pull the cabinets together with drywall screws.

When I’m cutting with a dado blade, it helps to have a throat plate, the removable portion of the saw table that sits around the blade, for the 1⁄4-in. dado. The throat plate supports the plywood’s fragile veneer, reducing the risk of tearout. The dado should go about halfway through the 3⁄4-in. plywood. To adjust the The inside edge of the dado should be barely depth of the dado, I place a scrap of the ply- visible. wood flat on the saw table against the blade The mating part to this groove is the (see the top photo above).

On narrow cases, I use a press fit because short pieces are too stiff to flex. To trim the overhanging edging flush with the 3⁄4-in. plywood, I use a router with a trimming bit (see the photo on the facing page). Making several passes from right to left helps avoid splitting. The trimmer leaves Hardwood edging covers the exposed plies on the front of the case. Traditional cabinets would have a face frame, but the cases featured here are frameless. Although full-overlay doors cover the cases when closed, opening doors reveals the edges of the case, so edging is required.

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