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post #21 of 28 Old 12-19-2013, 03:25 PM
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There has always been hot button discussions about Melamine vs. Plywood for building cabinet carcasses. There is a simple question or test used to decide which to use.

Is the customer going to show off the inside of the cabinets or are the cabinets functional?

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I'm not sure that really answers the question. Plywood can be finished to "show off" the inside of the cabinets well and I assume melamine can too.
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I like your decision to use the prefinished plywood. It looks good and you don't have to worry about staining the inside later. The cabinets I built turned out nice.
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That's all I use and your in luck for your end panels, just treat the unfinished side nicely and you and stain to Match your FF.( unless of course your adding raised panels)
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Confirmat screws are actually made for particleboard and MDF rather than plywood.

They will tend to split plywood, especially the cheap fir core stuff . . . but if you have them you may as well give them a try.

Quality coarse thread wood screws with pilot holes do fine on plywood. I usually use 2" length.
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Cheaper and much quicker to use staples 1-1/4- 1-1/2". Shoot on the reverse side of the dado. The glue will do all the work.
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Frank,
I'm thinking of cabinets that are in the dining room and are more of a built in hutch, with glass panels in the doors instead of raised panels, lighting and grandma great's china.

These types of cabinets (hutch) are more for show than functionality. Plywood at $150 a sheet with some exotic wood veneer. They give the illusion of solid wood construction.

Functional cabinets made from Melamine are typically what you'll find in a kitchen. The domestic engineers really like the Melamine interior because it cleans so easily.

Installed cabinets typically do not show the sides of the carcass. If the cabinet is in a long row, only one side of the end cabinets will show. It doesn't make a lot of sense to use expensive plywood for the cabinets when only the interior will be visible.

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I've never had any call backs on any of my cabinets in two years but I have had to fix cabinets made by other people. The reasons were obvious: poor craftsmanship or poor installation which cause other issues. There are two things you should do when making melamine cabinets if you want to ensure that this is never an issue. 1) Build ladder bases under the cabinets using a quality plywood. Plywood is more stable if it gets wet. 2) Consider building the sink base using plywood with a matching laminate interior which again, will be more stable if something leaks or whatever. Also, regardless what type of material is used, I recommend using a leak tub in the sink cabinets which will catch any little drips.
2 years?!? Really give it some time it's not fine woodworkers like us who are the problem it's the people who abuse the cabinets even a little bit who can't use once the wood dust and glue is compromised. I lived in a small development that helped launch my woodworking career because all the cabinets were made very poorly out of wood dust and glue if anyone leaned on a door they ripped it off the hinges and they would ask me to fix it or build them new cabinets when I asked them do you want this wood dust and glue again or real wood they all chose the real wood because they said the fake stuff just didn't last.
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