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There’s more than one way to make backs for frameless cabinets. Here’s how to choose the method that’s right for your project.

Think about how many materials you want to use for the cabinet boxes. This means all the parts except doors, drawers and drawer fronts. If you plan to use 1/4” or 1/2” material for your cabinet backs, you’ll need at least two thicknesses of plywood (one for most of your cabinet parts and another for the backs). There’s nothing wrong with using 1/4” and 3/4” plywood together; it just means that you’ll have to remember to order both.

Build frameless cabinets with 1/4" backs and nailers.

This cabinet is designed to be screwed to the wall through the top and bottom nailers.

A 1/4” thick back doesn’t provide enough material for anchoring cabinets to the wall, so you’ll need to use nailers. A nailer is a 3/4” thick piece of material usually placed behind the cabinet back. When you install your cabinets, you’ll drive drywall screws through the 1/4” back and nailers into the wall studs.

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