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Users of the Cabinotch RTA system, what has been your experience, both positive and negative.
I've used it for 2 different jobs that I didn't have time/budget for our standard process.
I like to build a run of boxes as ďoneĒ so I donít have 1 ĹĒ face frames stacked together. In order to do this I ordered some single opening boxes and added face frame parts and partitions myself.
Not sure Iím crazy about a ĹĒ back with no nailer for the uppers. With glue it should stay on the wall, but Iím used to a ĺĒ nailer.
If you have a good system, you can cut your own parts and assemble for less $.
Iíve recently had a job processed by a local commercial shop using their CNC and bander. Cheaper and allows me to control all the sizing aspects. I still have to build Face frames, but ripping hardwood and pocket screwing doesnít mess up my back like slinging ĺĒ ply onto the saw from the rack.
The cabinets are pretty good. After time I have realized that 1/2" backs are fine.
The basic cabinet options right off their web site are limited, but if your willing to use KCD software, you can design most anything you need. There are still some limitations, but Cabinotch has been working on those and adding more capabilities through KCD. In fact with KCD you can section cabinets the way you want and have only one Face frame.
KCD is easy to learn if you already have experience with other cabinet programs. I use Cabinet Vision for everything, but I put together my boxes with KCD so I can order from Cabinotch. It does take extra time, but it is a back saver, not having to cut large sheets of plywood. And much faster. You can rent KCD through Cabinotch monthly or pay a one time fee, that they refund if you ever stop using KCD. That way you do not have to buy KCD.
Its a better system using KCD. You can gang units together up to 4'X8'. You can adjust the drawer heights, overlays, size of scribes and rails. My last couple of sets of cabinets I downloaded on Monday afternoon and they was setting at my shop Wednesday but I am only 90 miles from plan.
I used Cabinotch for a small job that I really couldn't take the time to fabricate myself. The ordering process was pretty straight-forward, I got follow-up emails and phone calls from real people confirming my order, it shipped out really fast (3 or 4 days I think), and it was built exactly like I spec'd. Easy to put together and sturdy. Instead of lugging an air nailer and compressor into the tight Boston jobsite, I just used square drive screws and glue and it worked just fine. Great concept, product, and company in my opinion.
Feel free to contact me if you have any other specific questions. I am happy to help you if you need something. Aaron@VineandBranchWoodworks.com
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