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Base Cabinet Construction Sketch
Base Cabinet Construction
This method of construction blends European style cabinets, with what's known as traditional
style. The major distinction between the two is traditional style cabinets have a face frame. While this adds to
the design, (the beauty of wood and all that), it is also more costly to produce. It adds considerable labor and
materials to the mix. There is also the disadvantage of making the cabinet openings smaller. A 24" European base
cabinet will have 22 1/2" of clear access, while a traditional cabinet will have only 20" clear access. If you
add a center stile, (vertical divider between two doors), in the center of the face frame, it reduces the
opening even more.
Traditional or European Style Cabinetry
Another factor in favor of the European method is the fact that three pairs of cabinet sides are
possible from a single sheet of plywood, as discussed below.
Note that the sides of the cabinets are only 30" tall. This is done this way
for three reasons. First, instead of only getting two pair of base cabinet sides per sheet, at the standard
height of 34 1/2", we get three. The second reason is we use European cabinet feet, which are
adjustable in height, from inside the cabinet, which makes installation a breeze. Instead of either shimming the
bases to be level, or worse, scribing them to the floor. The third reason is that the toe kick snaps onto the
legs, so if a wire or pipe is needed in the future, simply pop off the kick, run the wire, and snap it back
We build a considerable number of very high end kitchens, and almost exclusively, this is the
technique we use.
These feet, although somewhat hard to locate, are extremely handy for installing base
cabinets. They are height adjustable from inside the cabinet, or under the cabinet. The are very easy to
install, and will speed up the base cabinet installation time. If you are unable to locate them, we can supply
them for you. Call for pricing.
Written by: Lee A. Jesberger © 2006 -
Inventor of: Ezee-Feed Systems ®
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