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32mm Cabinetmaking

The 32mm system is a method of designing/building cabinets using 32mm increments to size and index cabinet components. The 32mm system aspect of any cabinetmaking system (framed or frameless) is anything (holes, components, etc.) that is consistently sized in 32mm increments and/or located some multiple of 32mm apart.

Using 32mm increments is a constraint, the more you incorporate it into your cabinetmaking system, the less flexible (certain aspects) and more efficient your system will be. The goal of this site is to provide options, to present all the possible ways that the 32mm system can used to build cabinets. While any use of 32mm increments needs to be consistent to be efficient, using the 32mm system is not an all or nothing proposition.

Parent Categories:
Basics - system basics
Drawers - drawer registration
Panels - panel basics
Styles - cabinet design
Systems - 32mm systems
Tools - cutting boring and banding

What all modular 32mm systems have in common

What all 32mm systems have in common
  • System holes are 32mm apart and 5mm in diameter (hardware for 3mm system holes is limited).
  • There are at least two vertical rows (full or partial) of system holes that are some multiple of 32mm apart.
  • The front system row is 37mm from the front of the panel (overlay faces).
  • All system hardware, e.g. drawer slides and hinge mounting plates, is mounted to system holes.
  • Door and drawer faces are some multiple of 32mm (32m) tall minus the desired gap (g) between the faces.
  • Face edges (plus 1/2 gap) center on (system registration), or between (shifted registration), system holes.
  • The system provides a consistent relationship between the faces and cabinet sides via the hardware:
  • Hinge cups are all an equal distance from the top and bottom of the door (32m +/- 16 - 1/2 gap).
  • Drawer face mounting hardware is all an equal distance from the bottom (32m - '1/2g+BO') and/or top of the drawer faces.
What happens outside of the top and bottom centerlines, or behind the back system row, doesn't really matter. I have used the word "modular" to differentiate the above from systems that do not provide a consistent relationship between faces and system hardware/holes.

4988_What_all_32mm_systems_have_in_common.pdf (34.5KB)

See also: 32mm System Basics
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