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Cleats And Top Strips For Kitchen Cabinetry - Polyboard Manufacturing Methods
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April 2, 2019 - 8:04 am
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Hi Vincent,

Thanks for posting you question on the forum.

Construction with hanger cleats and 2 rail tops is a common construction method and easily achieved  in Polyboard but not using a manufacturing method.

Both the cleats and the double railed top can be achieved by applying an assembled structure to the panels.

Here is a model with cleats in the back and  top as 2 rails:

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The double rail assembly will adapt when switching the carcass boxful method to over passing back :

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It’s easy to make any variation of these assembly types that can be stocked in the Assembly library to be applied to each panel or in a Cabinet library that you load as a template to start a project.

I attach the example cabinet so you can see how it’s done.

If you need more information on how to do this or anything else, don’t hesitate to poste again.

We can also give you an on line demo where you can ask all your questions an see more in depth how the software performs.

Hope this is helpful,

Best regards,


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April 1, 2019 - 6:33 am
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Good day all.

I have been watching all the training videos to help familiarize myself with Polyboard and have come across a seemingly simple problem I can’t seem to solve. 

This relates to the manufacturing methods available within the program and the way we, South Africa, manufacture all our kitchen cabinets. 

All our units, floor units, tall units and wall units, make use of hanger cleats. One at the top of the back of the unit and one at the bottom of the back of the unit. Both attached behind the 3 mm masonite backing. The for the kitchen floor units only instead of a solid, one piece top we use two horizontal (80mm wide) strips(cleats). The front one, with edge banding, is lined up to the front to the unit and the top of the unit. The second one is attached in front of the masonite backing. Both of these then play the part of bracing the two unit sides at the top of the unit.

I have been unable to find how to do either the two top cleats or the two back cleats so that my manufacturing method and thus cutting/parts list (and quote/pricing of the project) will be correct and accurate.

I know this construction method is not unique to our geographical area as I have seen this method used by major European (French) kitchen manufacturers. Could someone please indicate if this is a shortcoming in the program or if I have missed some part of the program that would allow me to achieve this seemingly simple and common construction method. 

My decision on whether to purchase this program will hinge of whether I can get this to work. Because if the program is unable to accurately generate parts lists according to our construction methods it will not be of much value. This would be a great pity because thus far the capabilities and features that I have seen have really amazed me. I have been looking for a long time for a designing program such as this one.

Kind regards,

Vincent Declerck 

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