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Old 05-08-2006, 12:47 AM   #1
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Your Prefered Method Of Cabinet Installation.


What is your preferred method of screws for installing cabinets. (please don't say drywall screws )

Square drives with the screw covers that pop onto them? Those little brass raised washers around the screws? I've used a few methods but am not too excited by any of them and would like to learn the professional tried and true method.
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Re: Your Prefered Method Of Cabinet Installation.


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i like to use square drive either the washer head or the pocket max. both have a flatbase so that it doesn't sink in their pockets when tightened.


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Mike i am sorry i misread what you asked. i use a blind hanger so that there is no visible screws in the back of the case. i will screw the bottom of a wall cab and then finish the bottom so that the fastener is hidden. i don't like the bottoms open, so i usually finish it out with some sort of lighting or panel.

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I use Deckmate screws (Home Depot), very strong and drives well. On mid/higher end jobs I will install the screws in the recesses on top (if possible) and underneath the cabinet to avoid showing inside, or use the Fastcap stickers if there is not other option (like euro and frameless cabinets).
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Interesting...

You must be predrilling those hole of course or it's splits ville on being so close to the edge of the cabinet boxes.
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I've seen a lot of these being used, in some effort of a matching color...




and I see a lot of these being used with screws...

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How about mounting cabinets to masonary walls or plaster and lath walls?
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SS or TapCons. Use depends on the installation. On flippers and purchased boxes we drive them flush and touch up the heads to match. Our cabinets are counterbored and plugged with matching wood plugs. Finish washers just scream 'Look at me!'.
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it was the process of trying to hang cabinets in a school that only had block walls that i went to a blind hanger system. i would install the support hanger using 1/4 inch toggles and an adhesive. then i would set the boxes and drill through the bottom back brace to the wall and install a plastic concrete anchor, then screw the bottom tight. the hanger holds the weight of the cabinet. the bottom fastener only keeps the box tight against the wall and keeps the case from being bump or lifted off the hanger.

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if the cabs are goin on the the block wall, then i probably not finish out the bottoms as it would be like placing a pearl on a hog. i have painted the head of the screw to match the color of the case to try and minimalize it. i leave that decision up to the customer. if they want a 1/4 inch finished panel to cover the underside or painted heads. it is 50-50. most say they have never even thought about it. till i mention it.

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and I see a lot of these being used with screws...


i have seen them, and every time i see them there are screws that aren't sitting flush in them. yuck. my dad had them in his boat to hold the carpet down, and even that was ugly. i agree with teetor all it says is hey look at me.
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french cleats are a good way to go ..not all shops use that method though
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IKEA installs their cabs using a french cleat manufactured out of steel for a much slimmer profile than lumber.
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I d not know how or why the french have come to claim this as their joint. It was likely a perceptive woodworker that noticed a lot of frenchmen wearing berits and scarfs and the joint being a scarf joint said one day "Oui, thessss shoed beee a fronch joinnt" and the term scarf joint was forgotten about. I personally had to google french joint to find out what it was...i was always told they were beveled cleats which is just lazy for scarf joint.....
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I use quick-screws http://www.quickscrews.com/. I get em at Anderson Plywood in Culver City. They're a bugle head type screw available in either phillips or square. They have a tip that counter sinks them in plywood easily without have to drill a seperate counter sink hole. I usually drive them in flush making sure not to sink them any deeper. Most of the time I just leave them like that. I make sure I place them all in the same places...like when I screw two cabinets together. I will put one close to each of the four corners. Some times I use those little round wood sticker covers that match the wood. If it's unfinished cherry, i'd use an unfinished cherry sticker and when it gets stained it matches perfect, or if it's prefinished birch I use prefinished birch stickers. Most of the time I just leave the screws showing. If they're put in correctly they look fine. I never drive the screws as seep as this picture below, but I just used the picture to show the screw covers.




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