Questions for Beaded Inset Cabinet Owners
We are about to finally do a kitchen remodel and I need to choose a custom cabinet maker for our painted white beaded face frame cabinets. However, I am hearing opposing viewpoints from different craftsmen. If anyone has any experience or knowledge about these questions, I would appreciate it:
1. Some cabinetmakers have a beaded edge that is integrated into the frame itself using a special machine. Essentially, the frame is "one piece". Others glue and nail a separate little bead strip on the frame. I have been told that the integrated type of bead limits the width of the rails and stiles. I have also been told that the separate bead method might show more cracking in a painted cabinet because of the additional joint. Any wisdom to which method is superior?
2. We want to use the exposed barrel style hinges. I have been warned that once mounted, these hinges offer very little adjustment compared to the hidden European style hinge. Anybody have problems with the exposed barrel style hinge down the road?
3. Lastly, are there preferred or "normal" widths for rails and stiles on face frames of inset cabinets?