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Old 02-25-2021, 05:00 AM   #1
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1/2 vs 3/4

Just a food for thought topic - those who remodel cabinets in their AS ... is your preference .50 or .75 inch plywood?

I personally used .75” Baltic birch for my sides and doors and .50” Baltic birch for the drawers.
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Well done. I thought this would be another towing thread.
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Old 02-25-2021, 09:18 AM   #3
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Well done. I thought this would be another towing thread.


Haha ... I’m staying away from that topic. The play on words/numbers is my carnival barker cry.
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Old 02-25-2021, 11:40 AM   #4
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Haha ... I’m staying away from that topic. The play on words/numbers is my carnival barker cry.
Got me too! I was getting ready...
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Yes, I checked in to this thread the other day, expecting the same old same old.

BTW, 3/4 is clearly superior in that it is stronger, less prevalent to external forces, surely more stable under most all conditions, even when wet, and can carry a greater payload.
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Old 02-26-2021, 09:04 PM   #7
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Yes, I checked in to this thread the other day, expecting the same old same old.

BTW, 3/4 is clearly superior in that it is stronger, less prevalent to external forces, surely more stable under most all conditions, even when wet, and can carry a greater payload.


I thought it would generate a larger response. From readings on the forum I thought we had a larger group of remodelers and cabinet makers.
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3/4 will definitely give you more/better ability to hold fasteners such as screws. I like to use 3/4” for the sides and shelves, and doors, 1/2” for the for the drawer boxes and 3/4” real wood for the front frames and casings.
I have not build cabinets for an Airstream but I have built quite a few cabinets.
I don’t think the weight difference between 3/4” and 1/2” would make to big of a difference.
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Well done. I thought this would be another towing thread.
I wish it was... Anyway, go with 3/4 , bigger is always better, this is America, after all...
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3/4 will definitely give you more/better ability to hold fasteners such as screws. I like to use 3/4” for the sides and shelves, and doors, 1/2” for the for the drawer boxes and 3/4” real wood for the front frames and casings.
I have not build cabinets for an Airstream but I have built quite a few cabinets.
I don’t think the weight difference between 3/4” and 1/2” would make to big of a difference.


I did faceless cabinets with same process of plywood. I like the stability of .75 vs .50.
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I wish it was... Anyway, go with 3/4 , bigger is always better, this is America, after all...


... and Texas LOL
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I agree -- 3/4 is better, in general. It is harder to accomplish joinery on narrower stock.

Another option that you may consider is to use a frame and panel construction, with the frames being 3/4" and the panels 3/8" or even 1/4". This will give you a strong, light cabinet, and you can use dowels, biscuits or a Kreg jig to join the frame members.


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Forget the 1/2 and 3/4. A one ton diesel dually is the only safe option. Think about the women and children for gosh sakes.


A little off topic but isn't weight a major consideration in Airstream remodels? I've done everything with the exception of replacing interior woodwork. If I were going to go there, and Father Time has about decided against me following that path, I think I'd go 1/2 at the most.
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Hi Broke,
Airstream themselves used 3/4 for door frames and quite a bit of cabinetry. I imagine it is because joining 1/2 sheets would be harder. Still, weight can be saved (and was by Airstream) by using frame and panel construction.

The fact that they hauled all of the materials to the shop in a 1/2 ton is neither here nor there

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