Hybrid Cabinet Construction
This system combines traditional looks with efficient assembly techniques.
Synopsis: A finish carpenter adapts European-inspired cabinetmaking techniques to build a country kitchen with more traditional American styling. The article provides a quick look at some of the specialized tools and materials used to make frameless cabinetry based on the European 32-mm system.
By now, most Americans know what a typical European kitchen looks like: unadorned, monochrome surfaces separated by crisp joint lines. Besides the streamlined appearance, European-style cabinets are also noted for their accessibility and ease of cleaning. Nevertheless, the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association reports that the market share of plastic-laminate doors, characteristic of European-style cabinets, plummeted from 30% in 1980 to 19% in 1990.
To a woodworker like me who makes his best money building European-style kitchen cabinets, this was troubling news. I’ve found these cabinets to be incredibly cost effective to build, even in my one-man shop. They have no face frames to make and install; no complex case joints to…