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Old 05-21-2015, 01:06 AM
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About to build a kitchen worth of cabinets and I have a question: if the box sides are 3/4", and the face frame is 1 1/2", the frame will need to hang over the inside outside or both, can anyone tell me the preferred overhangs?

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Old 05-21-2015, 03:28 AM
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Hi,

About to build a kitchen worth of cabinets and I have a question: if the box sides are 3/4", and the face frame is 1 1/2", the frame will need to hang over the inside outside or both, can anyone tell me the preferred overhangs?

Thanks,
Rutager
There are no steadfast rules, but it's common to have a bit of a face frame overhang on the outer edge. Cheaper cabinets will often use 1/2 ply (or worse yet some particle board type stuff) cases with about a 3/8" overhang on the outer edge, with the intent of adding a 1/4" filler panel on a finished end. Do you have any other resource materials to turn to for advice?
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Peter,

Thanks? I think!

Paul,

I bought a pretty good book which I looked through fairly throughly and can't seem to find anything in there. One picture shows an inside overhang and shows a filler strip used to bring the drawer glides flush, appears about half an inch.
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I've typically done 1/8" overhang on the show side with face frames. You could do 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 face frames depending on the door and drawer front style you end up doing.

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I bought a pretty good book which I looked through fairly throughly and can't seem to find anything in there. One picture shows an inside overhang and shows a filler strip used to bring the drawer glides flush, appears about half an inch.
That will work. Keep in mind that any cabinet that ends into a wall may need scribing and you want enough material there on the face frame to do it. Also I've had the problem of drywall inside corners being excessively built up with tape and mud and the face frame wouldn't reach the wall without my either sanding away some mud in the corner or shaving the cabinet ply from the side hitting the wall. It was some store bought cabinets that had about a 1/4" face frame overhang on the outer edge. So as a general rule when building them make the face frame hitting a wall a bit wider so you have some room to work with. Also it's a personal preference but if you scribe it well to the wall you won't need a molding to cover the gap.
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