VERITAS Cabinetmaking System 32 Deluxe
A person with moderate skills, using the Veritas 32 cabinetmaking system, can build a complete set of kitchen cupboards using an electric drill, a table saw, some clamps, and basic hand tools. The system can also be used for freestanding wardrobes, entertainment centers, bookcases, and a variety of built-ins.
Virtually all good kitchen hardware today is based on European designs developed after WWII. A cabinetmaking system was developed that used standard drill sizes of 5 mm and 8 mm and standard hole spacing of 32 mm for dowels, shelf supports, drawer slides, and hinges. With frameless construction (vs. the North American face frame construction), the system is a series of boxes with standard components — left and right panels are interchangeable, as are tops and bottoms. Because the hole pattern is designed to fit various fittings, the unit can be converted at any time from one configuration to another and allow for last-minute changes when you are building.
With the Veritas 32 system, all holes are measured with consistent 32 mm spacing and all in reference to the sides and ends of the panels. The gauge head has both metric and Imperial graduations to make settings easy. Although materials and cutting measurements can be either metric or Imperial, we recommend using metric for the design and construction stage to reduce rounding errors.
In high-production use, metric measurement is used because only three basic panels are needed, all of which are "balanced". Balance simply means that the panel is symmetrical. It may be flipped end for end or back to front without a change in the hole pattern, so that left and right panels are completely interchangeable, as are top and bottom panels. Our instructions detail the method for making balanced, half-balanced and standard panels.
After cutting all panels, tape or apply edging to exposed edges. Place the jig on a side panel and set the rail(s) 37 mm in from each edge (the standard inset distance for all European hardware) and clamp into place. The system holes (vertical holes for screws, inserts, shelf supports or hinges) and the construction holes (horizontal holes bored to accept dowels) can then be drilled. The bush carrier straddles the rail, with the selected bushing in the hole in the rail where the first hole is to be drilled. Drill as required, according to your design. The dowelling jig bases allow for drilling of dowel holes in the ends of the top and bottom panels. Assemble the case. The dowels make it easy to maintain squareness in assembly.
The Deluxe Veritas 32 System comes with an instruction booklet. It provides detailed instruction on its various uses and the basic procedures for making a cabinet from particleboard. The same system would apply for solid-wood panels or plywood.
- 3 rails with 6 rail fixing screws
- 2 15 inch rods with heads, tails and fixing screws
- 2 25 inch rods
- 2 end rods with clamp head
- 1 bush carrier
- 1 hex key 3/32 inch
- 1 connector plate
- 2 register pins
- 1 gauge rule 15cm/6 inch
- 2 dowelling jig frames
- 1 gauge stop
- 1 3/32 inch soft bushing
- 1 5 mm bushing
- 1 8 mm bushing
- 1 10 mm bushing
- 1 wooden box
Made in Canada. Patented.