Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fayetteville PA
All my cases are 3/4" thick, including the back panel.
This allows me to cut a dado across the back at a specific distance from the top on each box. The dado is 9/16" deep by 2" wide. The first thing I do when I get to the clients house is set level lines around the room that coincide with the top of the dado in the cabinet. Then I fasten 1.75" strips of 1/2" thick plywood on this line, screwing into each stud. This allows me to verify each stud location and, when the strips are in, I can just hang the cabinets in the appropriate locations without any concerns for vertical alignment. The boxes cost me just a bit more to make this way but I believe the benefits far out weigh any cost concerns. This and a few other steps allow me to install a complete kitchen of average size, including the crown molding, in about 8 hours. Maybe not a land speed record but OK by me.