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5/8 material for frameless9/28/17
Other than cost, what's the benefit? What are the drawbacks?
If you're doing frameless using 5/8", tell us all about it.
Con...availability (in my experience)
Smaller door gap between doors without bottoming out the hinge adjustment.
same here. just cannot find prefinished within my tri state area. And other species are limited. Seems like it would be ideal in most cases.
real euro. meaning not in the US. They use 16 mm almost exclusively.
All melamine or similar is done in 16 mm. Everything. Entire boxes, doors, drawers.
It works for them. 1/2" is not thick enough. 3/4" is overkill for most everything. 5/8" is a smart compromise. Hence the euro guys use it.
We use 5/8, and always have. It costs less, it weighs less, and is plenty strong enough.
We use 5/8 for all parts of the cabinet. No need to inventory different thicknesses, backs can be nested with side gables, etc.
No drawbacks that we have seen in practical use, only benefits.
I have been in the industry in the Midwest U.S. for over 30 years. It is true that most frameless cabinets are constructed using 3/4" however; in Eastern Michigan (Detroit) 5/8" has been the norm for residential cabinetry for many, many years like Europe and Canada. Commercial frameless cabinetry is always 3/4" to adhere to specifications.
Just my 2 cents.
We use 5/8 for everything that is vertical (backs and gables) and 3/4 for the horizontals. Easy overlay with the doors and more meat to fasten into for assembly. Shelves are also a little better weight handling.