Polyboard: Carcass

How to manipulate the carcass or outer panels of your furniture, from basic to free form and complex plans, and from sloping tops to plinths and boxing around columns and pipes.

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Basic Shapes

To design a cabinet in Polyboard we always start with a basic shape. This is the shape of the plan view of the cabinet. It can be anything from a simple box to a complex form. In this video we cover the basic shape options, which are a box cabinet, L shaped cabinet, angled corner cabinet and importing a model you've already created. You can also remove individual panels if you wish to, and for L shaped and angle cabinets there's an extra 'Proportional Dimensions' to control how the sides adjust when you modify the overall cabinet size.

Free Shapes

How to draw a custom cabinet plan which is not necessarily rectangular. This feature allows you to design complex shaped projects with all the details updated instantly in your cut list, plans and CNC files. You can also add one or more slopes to enable further customisation.

Editing inner and outer cabinet dimensions

The starting point to calculating all the dimensions of a cabinet are the global outer dimensions. This video shows you how to edit these as well as the inner dimensions of your model. We also clarify that the free version of Polyboard allows you to edit all dimensions and in every other way design in full.

Adding Plinths

Polyboard has a specific plinth feature. There are 2 ways to add a plinth, depending on whether the sides are overpassing or underpassing the bottom. This video shows both methods.

Adding Upper Strips

If you are designing a fitted unit right up to the ceiling, it is sometimes advisable to leave gap and add an upper strip to fill that gap. This video shows you how you do it.

Using a Side External Zone to create a Filler

External Zones create volumes outside the cabinet. If you create a side volume you can access an additional cabinet filler feature in Polyboard. These zones can also be used for other design elements, in this video we add integrated shelves as well.

Using the Back External Zone to create a Baton

How to create a volume behind your cabinet and in this case add a baton, which will of course be included in the cut list with the correct dimensions. And if you resize your cabinet, the baton will automatically resize too. You could just as easily use this method to add multiple rails where extra rigidity is required.

Face Frames

How to set up face framed furniture quickly and easily using external zones (lateral/side zones, plinths and upper strips) plus double backs. Automation of this process is enhanced by creating a specific double back panel type, and a new materials sub-method. This allows us to easily add our chosen material to the double back panel type.

Using Nil Panels

A nil panel is a virtual panel used to divide a volume where you don't want to add a real panel. It is a useful way to manage the internal space of a cabinet and add separate elements like doors and drawers where you don't want to have a separating shelf. You can also turn the display of these nil panels on and off.

Add a Side Slope

How to slope the side of your cabinet to a specific angle. In addition, use of the Free Shape Edit option to modify the slope, and add a slope at the front and back as well if required.

How to Create a Sloping Top

This video shows you a quick way to create a sloping top for your Polyboard model, either from left to right, or from front to back. To take the example of a cabinet in a loft, you would typically measure the wall up to the slope roofing. Then decide how far out you want the unit to be in depth and take a plumb line to measure the height of the front of the cabinet. The difference between those 2 heights is the figure you enter in the 'Depth Slope' parameters box.

Multi-Slope Tops

A look at Polyboard's multi slope top feature which gives you fine control over the shape of the top of your models. Working with coordinates or simply by adding and dragging points with the drawing tool you can create a slope from left to right, from front to back, combine the two slopes and more. All cut angles and plans are updated to include this complex geometry.

Polyboard's Unboxing Feature

How to very quickly fit your model around structural elements like pipework and columns. All changes are automatically applied to your cut list, plans and CNC files.

Using Quick Design Box Full Styles

How to set up the carcass assembly details using Quick Design. For clarity, the current version of the libraries have been simplified and

contain only an H style for sides priority on the top and bottom and an I style for the top and bottom priority on the sides.


Free Shape Cabinet Example

How to use the Free Shape function to create irregular shaped pieces of furniture. In this example, we create a cabinet that follows an angled wall. A good way to get the correct co-ordinates to set this up is in a CAD programme, which we run through here as well.

Multi-Slope Top Example

Another way to design a cabinet to fit under a roof.

Advanced Plinths

How to set up plinths, toe kicks, and kick frames in Polyboard.

Kick Frames

How to assemble kick frames or kick boards that you can use to sit cabinets on top of in Project Mode. This is an alternative to the plinth functionality in Polyboard which is normally used for simple plinths to hide plastic cabinet legs or similar.

Extending Plinth Beyond Cabinet Dimensions

How to extend your plinth up to and also beyond the width of your furniture.

Snapping Onto Kick Frames

How to create a kick frame within a larger virtual cabinet using Project Mode. This allows you to clip it easily below a cabinet and maintain a recess.

Plinth On A Kick Frame

How to add a plinth in front of and to hide a kick frame.

How to Build a Cabinet under Stairs

Using the unboxing function in Polyboard, you can quickly edit a cabinet top to fit under a staircase.

Decorative End Panels using External Zones

How to use the external zones feature to add an additional panel, here an upright, to your cabinet. Manufacturing sub-methods can then be used to apply specific characteristics just to these additional decorative panels, in this case a different material and edging.