Is it fair to assume that Danny Proulx knows a thing or two about
and I quote:
CABINET BOX CONSTRUCTION
by Danny Proulx
What's the best way to build the carcass (cabinet box) for kitchen
And, which material is ideally suited for kitchen cabinet
Those are two questions that make-up a good portion of my email each
month. Do I have the definitive answer? Unfortunately, there isn't one
product that's flawless. Many cabinetmakers, including myself, have
opted for 5/8" melamine coated particle board (MPCB) as the material
of choice. That's not to say there aren't a few drawbacks with this
material, however, in almost all situations MPCB is very acceptable.
Base cabinet boxes are built with two sides (gable ends), a bottom,
and a back. The upper cabinets have two gable ends, a bottom, top, and
back board. Base cabinets don't need the top board as the countertop
covers that opening. Normally, with carcass construction using the
Euro cabinet leg, bottom and top boards are attached to the gable
ends. In effect, the width of the bottom and top boards determine the
carcass interior width because the gable ends are attached to these
boards using simple butt joints. The back board then covers all the
edges of the bottom, top, and gable end components.
Bzzzt! and Bzzzt! and Bzzzt! 0 for 3
1) Never trust a person whose name ends in an X.
2) I've already explained where the confusion came in on gable and why
Canada should just roll over on this one and take it like a man.
3) It's not carcass, it's carcase - as in casegoods, casework. A
carcass is a dead body. The original word for cabinet work was
carcase, but it was misunderstood by some quasi-literate in the past,
who simply misunderstood the word and wrote down the phonetic spelling
of what he thought he heard. On his behalf, I can only assume he
never saw the word in writing and the person speaking was drunk or had
a cleft palate. Maybe he was a bit light in the loafers and had a
I'm willing to slide on the last one, as the US and Brits have split
on carcass/carcase, but the first two - no way. Especially the first
- no final Xs unless it's a royalty lineage designation.
R the X
10th Earl of Mumbleland
PS There's one more Bzzzt! for old Danny Proulx - tell him to
proofread his articles. Acronyms are much easier to understand if you
don't switch the letters around: "melamine coated particle board
Just variant spellings of the same word. Carcass equals carcase (OED).
There are no further distictions to be made.
It derives from the word charcois.
...and it all adds up to a frame of bones or wood on which something is
hung or was hung.
Agreed, that's why I said I'm willing to slide - but where's the fun
in that? ;)
Perhaps. Or Italian/Latin - you can never tell with those romantic
A frame is different than a carcase/carcass.
2. a rigid structure formed of relatively slender pieces, joined so
as to surround sizable empty spaces or nonstructural panels, and
generally used as a major support in building or engineering works,
machinery, furniture, etc.
Carcass/carcase refers to the body of the cabinet, as separate from
the doors and drawers. In days gone by it may have been a frame and
panel box, or a box from solid sawn boards. A frame is a skeleton.
Your problem is not stated clearly enough.
If when opening the doors they do not provide sufficient clearence for
the glides to pass by you should look for a hinge which allows for a
full 180 degree opening. This will provide only a small amount of
extra clearence at best.
If you have made face frames cabinets, you can install spacers
between the drawer glides and the side panels of the case work, if
your drawers are not to wide, in which case, unfortunately you will
need to rebuild the drawer boxes.
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