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post #1 of 3 Old 12-24-2015, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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Rails & Stiles - Thickness

I am building kitchen cabinets. The doors will be hard maple raised panel doors. In the past when I needed hardwood for projects, my local supplier would plane the 4/4 stock to 13/16 thickness. I never thought about this before but now I can plane my material. Should the thickness for the cabinet door rails and stiles be 3/4 or 13/16, or is it personal preference? Thanks.
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Usually it doesn't make any difference but there are some Euro hinges, I think Blum compact hinges that has a backplate that wraps around the edge of the stile. On those if the stile was 13/16" you would end up bending the backplate or chiseling out the stile to make them work because they will only fit on a 3/4" stile so it really depends on the hinge.
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Hi Steve. I'm not using euro hinges. I should have mentioned these are face frame cabinets. The hinges will screw into the back of the stiles and wrap just onto the side of the door like a "L". They are 1/2" overlap. So it sounds like personal preference. Thanks!

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