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Winter 2013-2014

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Cabinet-Building Essentials: The Upper Cabinet


Cabinet-Building Essentials: The Upper Cabinet

Like the base cabinet, the upper cabinet consists of a plywood carcass with solid wood facing, but it differs from the base cabinet in these important ways: Its face frame has a bottom rail, its door rails are the same width, and its face frame and side panel(s) extend beyond the carcass to create a valence for under-cabinet lighting (Photo, page 38; Fig F and Cutting List, page 40). Finally, a 1/4” plywood skin of the same species as the facing covers the bottom of the carcass. Finished the same as the rest of the cabinet, this skin is scribed to the wall and attached with construction adhesive and pin nails after the cabinet is installed.

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Cutting List: Upper Cabinet