Yes, that is exactly how these were built. My current cabinets were built by the contractor that built this house. The cabinets have a frame of 2X2 and 2X4 lumber. One inch plywood is nailed to that frame to build the cabinets. The doors are made from 3/4" plywood, with routered edges. The drawers are 1/2" plywood that is rabbit jointed, if i understand that term correctly. My wife wants hardwood cabinets that are a lot better. I said before, i am unwilling to shell out $15K for the stuff they call top of the line, that they want to sell her. My quest for info here, is a result of my agreeing to tackle this project myself. I do believe i can build much better cabinets for a lot less.
Having said that, i am uncertain what face frames are. I have purchased a pocket jointer from kreig, i believe the brand is. I have 1000 board ft of cherry lumber waiting for me to go and pick it up in michigan. My plan is to construct a frame, similar to the pine frame i have now on these cabinets, but from some live oak 2X4s i have here. I figure to rip them to 2X2 and plane them accordingly. I hope to finish the 1X cherry lumber, and use that to construct the fronts, and all sides, backs ect that might show. I hope to join this lumber, using the pocket joiner, to make it like plywood that has been sawn into the appropriate shapes. I figure to use this same 1X cherry lumber, to construct the doors and drawer fronts. Not yet certain what lumber to use to make the drawer boxes with. I would appreciate any info or opinions you might wish to add to this plan. I guess that stuff the $15K cabinets my wife chose was the melamine stuff you folks speak of. I figured it was cheap junk. Is this not so? It appeared to me to be akin to particle board. If i use an oak frame, i could line these cabinets with some of the cedar i have here, cut a few years back and now good and dry. Or i could simply line the frame with more of the 1X cherry lumber. Is this not a good idea?
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