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Hi Guys,
Ive noticed from watching videos online that most people will join the shell for cabinets with the vertical pieces running the full length and the horizontal pieces butting up to the vertical pieces. I'm wondering why this is? To me, it would make sense to have the bottom horizontal piece go the full length and have the vertical pieces butt up to them so the bottom of the vertical pieces are supported by the horizontal pieces... yes, I know.. confusing. hoping the pictures will help...


why do it the way picture 1 is, and not the way picture 2 is?
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If you ever took a cabinet apart you would understand. There isn't that much weight on the cabinet members and by the time the shelving is glued and nailed you almost need a sledge hammer to break the cabinet apart. I just took a cabinet apart last week and had to use a sawzall to cut the shelves in two in the middle to get it apart and out of the house. Then after all that the cabinet just looks better if the vertical members go to the floor.
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Also to add to Steve’s note above:
A base kitchen cabinet will normally have a toe board that does run the entire width horizontally and it will have a top that runs the entire width horizontally. So most base cabinets are strong enough to support our full weight to sit or stand on.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-29-2018, 06:19 PM
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Commercial upper#1
Commercial base #1
Residential upper#2
Residential base#1

This varies with residential from wall to finished end unless applied..
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