Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Dutchess County, NY
I build face frame cabinets with end panels where they are exposed. So I can use any type of through fastener and it will not show on the final product.
I use confirmat screws and through dowels for the boxes and pocket holes for the face frames.
The confirmats essentially replace clamps once the box is assembled and I am waiting for the glue to dry. Dowels offer greater racking strength than screws of any type, and through dowelling is almost as fast as screwing.
I use pocket holes to attach the face frame to the box (again those get hidden behind the end panels).
I slide the back panels into dadoes.
Cabinets gain much of their structure from the wall to which they are attached and differ in construction requirements from free-standing furniture (and islands). If I were to build an island (I have not yet done so) I would use a piece of plywood to mimic the wall that most cabinets get attached to.