Using the 32mm system with Polyboard

The 32mm system is a method of cabinet construction based on using holes drilled regularly along vertical components at 32mm increments. These holes are then used to locate hardware to hang doors and place shelves.

Polyboard can automatically drill the vertical separation with the necessary holes and place automatically the cabinet parts and hardware according the hole positions.

This way the calculation of the exact dimensions of all the parts is also calculated from the hole positions.

32mm cabinet system

The 32mm system of building cabinets utilizes a series of 5mm holes generally these system holes are in two rows running from top to bottom of the cabinet sides and other vertical separations. For standard hardware the holes are usually 37mm from the edges.

32mm system

There is a vast quantity of hardware available that can be screwed into holes that are some increment of 32mm apart.

With Polyboard this can all be calculated automatically simply by applying a vertical columns of holes, called “Regular drillings”.

Polyboard can then lock any hardware and horizontal separation onto the holes.

In the image below you can see the hinges align to the column of holes and the shelves are resting on the holes.

regular drilling 02

With horizontal separation positioned onto the 32mm holes Polyboard will then automatically calculate the sizes of any doors or drawers that are placed.

Although the 32mm cabinet system is a great way of standardising modular storage units built on traditional woodworking machinery, if you have a CNC you might find that with Polyboard’s flexibility it’s just as easy to only drill the holes according to the hardware you use in any given situation.

Here’s a short video that shows how to set up vertical drilling :

Using Polyboard Cabinet software with the 32mm System

We have more information on Polyboard Cabinet software here.

And don’t forget to look into OptiCut our sheet cutting optimization software, which is the perfect complement to Polyboard.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions or remarks.

Leave a comment also if you would like an article to explain any other aspect of Polyboard of cabinet building.

Happy wood working to all!

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