I'm actually not real new to woodworking - been at it for a while, but my
attention recently seems to have turned to kitchen/bath cabinetry. I have
read through a couple of books and John Paquay's paper as well.
Let me see if I can describe what I'm thinking.
I just finished 3 vanities. My methodology was to cut a 3/8 groove for the
floor of the cabinet. Then, during assembly, I simply measured between the
sides with the floor in, to get exact dimensions for stretchers front/back,
and toe kick/floor support front/rear, and the rails for installation. My
kicks are inside the sides, then I finish with matching 1/4 ply after
It occurred to me that cutting these additional pieces by measuring - well,
there has to be a better way. If I've got the setup on the saw anyway, for
the groove for the floor, why not go ahead and cut the same across the top
(actually seen this before). Then I can cut my front/rear stretchers at the
same time as the floor, and I KNOW they are right on. That part makes sense.
But how can I use this same concept to do the kick (and rear floor support)
? If I had the same groove there, once again I could cut same time as the
floor and be right on. I don't see a way really. Same with the rails in the
back - that then presents a challenge for installing the back.
Am I just running into the same challenges all cabinet builders have been
through ? How do you guys that have been doing this for a long time or in
production do it ?