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How wide do you guys make your inset face frames? I've used 1 1/2" wide stiles and rails in the past, but I was thinking 2" might be better for hinge installation. I will be using Blum brackets that attach to the back edge of the stile. Thanks!
I'm not a big fan of those mounting plates behind the face frame, even when the frames are wider, we keep the face frame flush with the box and use "0" plates. Answering your question, most of our jobs are 1 1/2'' FF,
The important measurement to use the mounting plate you describe is the space behind the face frame. You will need a minimum of 5/8" to install the "bracket". More is better to make an easier installation. The measurement of this space is, of course determined by both the width of the face frame and the positioning and thickness of the cabinet side.
Here is another method that many shops prefer. Salice offers a selection of mounting plates that match up to the space behind the frame and attach directly to the cabinet side. This is a much easier assembly and a very secure attachment.
I do agree with Eddie that 1-1/2 " is pretty much the norm and building the side flush with the frame is best for both appearance and function (You will never see this at Big Box store cabinets). It's a very nice custom look.
Best of luck,
I'm not a fan of flushing out an entire partition or side on a door or drawer opening. Too much cost in my opinion. Plus my finisher would crap down the hole where my head once was attached.
You used to be able to only get 0, 3, 6, 9, and 18mm plates from Blum.
I hate using spacers. They're ugly.
Our inset frames are mostly 1-7/8 wide. With 3/4" box work, you can have a 3/8" pocket on one side and a 3/4" pocket on the other. The 3/8" pocket you use a 9mm plate, on the 3/4" pocket you use a 18mm plate.
The size works well for us for adding finished skins or paneled ends and leaving a nice sized pocket to accept build out for drawer slide mounting.
When we have no doors, partitions are just centered on the mid-stile.
I'm not a fan of the behind the frame plates unless necessary. The mounting is a pain, and I know from a few in my house they can come loose from season changes, but my house is a pile of crap and the humidity isn't well controlled.
Now there is a whole mess of sizes available.