Re: Trying to find project I saw on this site
Part of Von Slatt's cabinet doors are overlay and part are inset. I dislike an inset door overall for two reasons and one specific reason for RV/bus use...
#1... you have to leave a fairly good sized gap around the door otherwise it will bind in damp weather. This gap will allow dirt/dust in unless you add a seal (like a euro dust sweep) to the cabinet door.
#2... the doors bind in damp weather and you end up having to pry the suckers open with a knife to get into the cabinet. You end up rubbing the paint/finish off the rails.
#3.. I'm not wild about having an inset door in a mobile structure that flexes and twists going down the road. The cabinets in the Class C are what's called a "lipped" door (1/8" gap at best). Also not great as I have had trouble prying the things open more than once (they bind like insets). The bathroom door in the Class C is also lipped and the lousy thing binds if the Class C isn't perfectly level.
Potentially binding cabinet doors are not good if you plan on traveling from high humidity areas (like the Southern Appalachian mtns) to low humidity areas (like deserts) and back again. The boards on the top of my cedar chest opened up while out here in NM (two biggest gaps are 1/8" and 1/4") and my vintage rock maple table is being held together by the stringers under the top. both these originally spent years in FL before we moved them up to NC where they grew & shrank minimally thru the seasons. I don't dare pull them apart and reglue them since we plan on moving back east at some point. Doing that could cause them to destroy themselves as the pressure built up from expansion. I prefer a partial overlay (on a frameless 3/4" cabinet). But that is my personal taste and what we will build. Full overlays also tend to want to bind with their neighbouring doors/drawer fronts if you are using a minimal reveal. But what do I know, I've only had over 30 years working in cabinetry & construction. David had only had 41 years in cabinetry & construction (he ran two commercial cabinet shops compared to my one). So don't listen to me.
types of cabinet doors...
Inset doors are designed to sit within the rails and stiles of the cabinet frame. They are tightly fitted between the front edges of the cabinet box. In its truest make, inset doors are only assembled to a framed construction, but recent designs use vertical pilasters to assemble the inset door on frameless cabinets. Some sort of a knob or door pull is needed to open the doors and drawers with this type of door.
Lipped doors are similar to inset doors in that a part of the door still sits within the cabinet frame. Along the entire back edge, a groove is made to fit over the face frame. This groove allows part of the door to rest in the cabinet and leaves the remaining part resting on the surface of the cabinet. Once again, some sort of a knob or door pull is needed to open the doors and drawers.
Partial overlay doors are mounted on the face frame. Overlay is a term used to describe the amount of the face frame that is covered by the cabinet door. The part of the frame that remains visible is often called the reveal. Partial overlay doors typically leave 1 inch of reveal on the face frame. This type of door is the most common type of cabinet door.
Full overlay doors practically cover the entire reveal. Less than one-eighth of an inch is left on the face frame between doors. Full overlay doors are generally found on frameless cabinets but they can still be assembled on framed cabinets as well. Hinges are concealed with this type of door and door knobs or pulls are needed to open the door.