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32mm System Basics

The 32mm system is a method of indexing cabinet components. All cabinet componets are sized in 32mm increments and located some multiple of 32mm apart. This article covers the basics - System Holes, Indexing, Construction Holes, Boxes and Shared Panels and Cabinet Styles... more
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32mm Increments

All 32mm system components are located multiples of 32mm apart and sized in increments of 32mm. More often than not, increments are a multiple of 32mm plus or minus a constant (32m +/-). The constant provides needed/desired clearances between components.

Following are a number of example increment charts and formulas. Inch equivalents are rounded to the closest 1/16". Divisibles (/d) are handy when you want to divide a space equally.... more
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True32 Ten Commandments

The True32.com system is a design specific application of the 32mm system. True32 cabinets have full overlay faces and the boxes are designed to be stackable. Because of this, their basic rules (ten commandments) are a bit more specific. Following are my comments on how those rules relate to 32mm basics... more
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Process 32

Blum's Process 32 makes very little use of the 32mm system. The only aspect that is fully 32mm system is that the cabinet box and door/drawer face heights are in 32mm increments and the faces register to system holes. While system rows are a multiple of 32mm apart, box depths are not in 32mm increments. Here, and elsewhere, Blum has opted for American dimensions, e.g. 12 and 24" deep boxes. While drawer slides are mounted to system holes, only the Meta and Tandem box drawer sides are in increments of 32mm tall and only their bottom mount drawer boxes register to the faces consistently... more
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System 32

System 32 is Hettich's 32mm system. I believe it is the same/similar to Hafele's System Varianta 32, but I have not been able to obtain any of Hafele's old training material. I'm not sure which came first, but I believe they are the among the earliest 32mm systems.

What is currently available on Hettich's System 32 (pdf below) is from the front of one of their catalogs. As presented, there is limited and somewhat conflicting information. The only possible/logical/workable path to modular 32mm cabinetry (using the information provided) is half-overlay cabinetry.

5093_system_32.pdf System 32.pdf (260KB)
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European vs. Face-frame

I had tossed this because its not original and I have no experience with traditional face-frame cabinet construction. Since there were folks looking for the page (via Google) the day after I tossed it, I've decided to leave it... more
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