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I am a ways off from having the skill to build acceptable cabinets, but I will get there. I've watched countless youtube videos, picked up a few books, examined every cabinet I come across to see how it's constructed.

What I'm wondering is, since I am building on-site, would it be better/easier to build large boxes that house multiple compartments, or should I build one box for each section? If I build individual boxes, there will be double walls between each section which seems incredibly wasteful to me. I am planning to do frameless, so one thing that does occur to me is that sections divided by a single 3/4 partition leave very little room for drawer fronts to overlap the face of the box.

What's the better way forward? If there is a right answer, that is.
 

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use 1/2" plywood

It will be plenty strong enough and still give you a wide enough stack to have your drawer fronts to butt with a small gap. I would make individual boxes for ease of build, easier to move about when finishing them and if you screw up, it's not a whole long run that gets pitched out. Start from the side wall and work to the open side if possible. If there are walls on both sides, then make the final cabinet last and sized to the remaining width.
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If it were me I would make the cabinets as big as possible. Things shift and you don't want a bunch of little cabinets going in different directions.
 

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If it is for your house it depends on how much work you want to do in your kitchen. Cutting, assembly, sanding, finishing. If you do not mind, it is the easier way to go. I would suggest working off of a story pole. Get a piece of straight 1x2 or so and make it the exact length of the cabinet. On the pole, mark every reference point you need to make your build. Flip the board over and make every vertical reference point you will need. You can build the entire cabinet without ever touching a ruler. I would also consider making a face frame. Face frames are classy, and serve to hold the front of the box in square. If you lack experience, working with frameless cabinets can be a real headache. There are no laws for face frame dimensions. It is your build. if you want to do 1" face frames, then go for it. If you really want to step up your game you can do beaded face frames and inset doors. For the build You can do the 4" base as one unit, which will serve as the toe kick later. Build the box on top of the base. You can still use euro hardware and soft close drawers with face frame cabinets. You just need to keep your hardware in mind during the design phase. Good luck and post pics.
 
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