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What is the difference between full overlay and half overlay hinges?

Rockler has a great guide on understanding hinges. Full overlay hinges are for individual cabinets or the cabinets on either end of a run of cabinets. (Source) Half overlay hinges are intended for ...
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Screws vs. Pocket Holes vs. Traditional Joinery

Good, fast, or cheap. Choose any two. Factory methods like pocket holes, screws, and even finger-joints are good enough for mass market construction without having to hire journeymen carpenters. This ...
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How to extend a routed rabbet to the inside corners of a cabinet door or other frame?

If you can follow my additions to your drawing, I'm hoping it will explain. If you work it this way, you can make a lap joint, and you should be able to have the clean joint you are looking for: ...
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How do I calculate the weight threshold for plywood boxes/cabinet carcasses?

The sagulator will give deflection values for horizontal shelf spans using various materials and thicknesses. Unless you are working with extremely heavy loads (more than the weight of a countertop ...
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How can I make precise corner or notch cuts on the edge of a board?

I presume it's obvious but I'll say it anyway, accurate layout and marking on the wood is an all-important first step. I have used my jigsaw or chisel for similar cuts on other projects. While I ...
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Making removable marks on walls for e.g. cabinet installation

When I don't want to make messy marks, it's blue painter's tape all the way. (There are various options, in terms of how long you can leave it on. Just remember to peel it in time.)
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Router bit used for this profile?

I don't know the name of that bit profile but it's possible the cut is done using just a portion of a bit, e.g the highlighted portion here: Source: Rockler tambour bit set. Edit: thanks to the ...
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Connecting the MDF corners, so there's no gap

The other answers are great from a technical standpoint, but they overlook the much simpler solutions which are actually used on mass-produced arcade cabinets. If you look at commercially-produced ...
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Gap for frameless full overlay hinged doors?

With those types of hinge, you do not need any clearance between doors. My kitchen cupboards use that type of hinge and mostly have a 1/4" gap. In one place there is no gap at all. I just trapped a ...
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Connecting the MDF corners, so there's no gap

It sounds like you want a mitered corner. You will want to find the overall angle of the piece in relation to the vertical one. Just a guess but it looks like it is 15-20 degrees above horizontal ...
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Gerstner tool box drawer action

I also do not own one of these. However, Gerstner offers a DIY tool chest build kit, with video instructions. I am presuming their DIY kits are constructed similarly to their pre-built chests. There ...
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What are some best practices and techniques for building cabinet boxes with plywood?

Rabbets / rebates (UK), and dadoes. A butt joint is fine for general cabinetry, but if you have the equipment and time, cutting rabbets for panels to fit in makes everything so much tighter. I rabbet ...
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How do I size and select wood for French cleats?

I composed my initial Answer based on how the Q was initially posted, as it has been revised this will feature a blend of quotes from the original and the current wording..... because I CBA to ...
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How much could I load on to this cabinet? Should I reinforce it?

TL;DR: Maybe, but I don't think we can tell you. This probably cannot be answered, at least fully. It depends if you want to think like a woodworker acting as an engineer, or an engineer acting as a ...
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What structures can I use for a custom plywood drawer cabinet underneath a concrete table backing onto a brick wall

I'd just build a small, free standing cabinet that fits into the space. At some point you will need access to the stuff in back, and it will be a lot easier for future you if it is just something you ...
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Where do I put the standards for adjustable shelves?

There are no set distances for shelf standards, the reason being that how close together you want or need them to be depends on various factors, including: Shelf material Shelf thickness The expected ...
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90 degree soft close lid support for 80lb lid?

A commercial grade door closer might do the trick. A door closer can be set with a limit to prevent the door from opening too far, and can close the door once triggered. It gets its power when the ...
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What are some best practices and techniques for building cabinet boxes with plywood?

Building a 2x2 frame first certainly works, but it unnecessarily complicates building a plywood cabinet. More typical cabinet construction uses butt joints with the pieces joined with one or more of ...
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How can I design a large speaker cabinet to come together square and true when my panels aren't flat and my boards aren't straight?

In my view this is a question of "Do I control my materials or do they control me". Your concern that your warped pieces may not meet well is valid. Every project should begin with a plan for what you ...
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How to separate wood I glued together

This is going to be tricky, since glue joints are stronger than the wood. So be prepared for at least some breakage to occur. If you can get to work immediately there's a chance of working on the glue ...
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What is a good choice for wood to build painted vanity cabinet doors?

You can use anything, pretty much. I mean you wouldn't want to use balsa but anything you'd typically find for sale in a lumber yard that you might consider making furniture from — including pine and ...
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What is a good choice for wood to build painted vanity cabinet doors?

Since you intend to paint it you can use whatever is cheapest. The caveat is the cheaper stuff is usually the softest (e.g pine, poplar, etc.) and isn't necessarily the pretty stuff. Although it's a ...
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Gerstner tool box drawer action

Forward: I don't own one of these chests, authentic or otherwise. Chests of this style are certainly a marvel of tolerance for their design. Looking at an image of one (presumably authentic) you can ...
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What part of a cabinet is the "carcass"?

I agree with keshlam, but I want to share other info on the other aspects of your question. The carcass is the main framework, or body, of the object. It is what remains after you strip all coverings,...
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What part of a cabinet is the "carcass"?

The body of the object. The case or other major structure that carries the door, drawers, shelves, et cetera. May be a box of some kind, may be a tabletop and supports, may be other. Usually the thing ...
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How do I remove a liquid deglosser from my cabinet doors?

You are now in the process of removing the old finish which is exactly what you were attempting to avoid by employing the liquid sander/deglosser.. The manufacturers of the deglosser (note it is ...
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Do full overlay hinges come in different sizes for different frame thicknesses?

We are dealing with two different measurements here, frame width and frame thickness. I'm not entirely sure which you are referring to, so I'll cover both. Also, you can reference this useful page: ...
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Joining MDF - Pocket holes vs dowels

I would definitely recommend the dowels. The greatest stresses will be in tension trying to pull the boards apart and breaking the connection of the screw or dowel with the boards. Both the dowel and ...
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Screws vs. Pocket Holes vs. Traditional Joinery

In addition to the economic factors @jdv mentioned, there's been a change in social norms over the last few decades: People now move very frequently compared to the past, and those moves are often far ...
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Exterior Plywood that looks relatively nice

Converting my Comments above into an Answer as per a request. I was told (Baltic) Birch, but I assume that would need to be sealed. Although it's not sold to be used outdoors, if there'd be no ...
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