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EUROPEAN CABINET BACK MATERIAL1/6/17
formerly I owned a cabinet shop using a cnc and beam saw and producing melamine European style cabinet having 1/4" backs in a rabbeted groove. my current employer produces the same but with interior fitting 3/4" back which to me is not at all economical. just wondering how many of you out there use a 3/4" back on these types of cabinets. thanks
It may be more economical than you think. If he only brings in one thickness of sheet goods he might be able to get a much better price on it.
Less hassle in inventory, and other things that having only one product to deal with has an advantages over multiple thicknesses.
What Leo said.
We have had some jobs require it, after that we are looking to start as a standard, the .25 back is an extra step, material and process.
Does your shop do it's own installs? One person or two?
For me, full thickness backs would make no sense at all because I use the European hanging rail system and also make my own drawers.
Before you jump to conclusions or take anyone's advise, you first need to look at your whole system. From ordering material to final installation.
Our normal system uses 1/4" backs in groves with nailers. Once in awhile a customer will want 3/4" backs and we will, but they are much heavier for in-shop handling and especially for the installers. Stay with in a system. If you are using 3/4" backs what are you using for drawer bottoms?
I started with the 3/4 backs and switched a few years ago to the 1/4 backs. While there are occasions where I need to use a 3/4 back, I much prefer the 1/4. Weight is a huge factor. Price is a little better. Hanging uppers on a cleat is nice. And it makes finished ends easier. But mostly it's about weight.