Years ago, I began building what I call post-style cabinets — a hybrid design that combines features of traditional and frameless construction. Because there’s no face frame, my cabinets have the extra storage capacity associated with European frameless cabinets, but vertical “posts” make them adaptable to a range of styles, including more traditional American designs with frame-and-panel doors. The joinery is simple and fast and doesn’t require heavy equipment, so the technique is well-suited for building cabinetry on site.

Instead of laboring over detailed shop drawings, I do all of my dimensioning on layout sticks or full-size drawings. In addition to being faster, this cuts down on math mistakes and allows for a high degree of customization. For example, we can tailor drawer sizes to the things our customers want to store inside. Horizontal sticks are ideal for...

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