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Panel design is the heart of 32mm cabinetmaking. Panels - with their system and construction holes - determine the size of the cabinet, how it gets assembled and where/how everything - drawer slides, doors, feet, etc. - gets attached. Panel design has two primary considerations, construction method and cabinet style. When working with the 32mm system, there are two types of cabinet construction and three basic cabinet styles.

The two basic types of cabinet construction are, separate boxes screwed together to make a run of cabinets and a run of cabinets built as a single box utilizing shared panels. The most common way to build frameless cabinets is to build separate boxes. While building a run of boxes as a single cabinet is typically associated with face-frame cabinets, it is also a very efficient way to make frameless cabinets.

The three basic cabinet styles are, inset and full or half overlay. While there are numerous ways to achieve a particular look, construction method and cabinet style are, for the most part, inseparable. Inset and half-overlay cabinets are typically built using shared panels and full-overlay cabinets are typically built as separate boxes.

Specific panel designs are in the Styles category. This category is for general panel topics. Current topics are Balanced, End and Shared panels.

Balanced Panels

Balanced panels are panels that have system rows and equal distance from the front and back of the panels and/or panels that have the first hole of the system rows and equal distance from the top and bottom of the panels. A true balanced panel, one that will be the same in any orientation, has both. This article was written a long time ago and is pretty general in nature... more
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