Ability to Specify where the Pin Holes Start/Center

It would be nice if we could specify a distance where the pins start.

For Example: If I was building a cabinet (768mm) tall. Using True32 Method I would like to have my first hole measuring from the bottom up (46.5mm). This allows me to have (0mm) reveal on bottom and (3mm) reveal on top.

If I was able to specify the starting or center of my vertical pin location then I could achieve the proper reveals.

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Hey Robert, is this in reference to the shelf holes drilled? Just trying to make sure I understand what you’re looking at.

Yes. There is a similar option in the Easel App for simple cabinets but it really doesn’t work that great.

I has some algorithm that gets really screwed up when you make small cabinets and it rarely places the pins in the proper location.


That’s a great point, thank you for bringing it up! I will share your feedback with the rest of our team. The “full run” shelf pin holes are spaced 32mm apart, but there is some variability in the starting position at the bottom since cabinets in Easel Cabinetmaker aren’t required to be designed in 32mm increments.

Would the “starting position” for the system 32 holes stay the same for all cabinets that you make, or do you see yourself changing that value depending on the type of cabinet you’re making or for specific projects?

I look forward to any additional feedback you have to share. You can keep up with new, in progress, and upcoming Easel Cabinetmaker developments through the updates I usually post at the end of each week (there was no update last week because I was out of office, apologies!)

– Natalie

In all the European Cabinet hardware the spacing is based on 32mm. So the pin spacing will always be a multiple of 32mm. There is a book “True32 Flow Manufacturing” which the ebook can be purchased on Amazon for 9.99 which explains the whole 32mm idea. There are “The 10 Commandments” for 32mm manufacturing. Almost all of the hardware manufacturers use this system but of course with their own variants.

The thing that is always the same is Multiples of 32mm.

Allowing us to specify the start or center of the holes in relation to top and bottom of cabinet would allow the adjustment would be all thats needed.

I am not wanting to cause confusion in explaining why pin location really needs to be an option.

I absolutely know if you were to read the book which is about a 3 hour read it will really help in several ways during the development of this program.

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.

  1. Thou shall only use the metric measuring system.

The 32mm system is a metric system where everything is sized and located in 32mm increments. Using the metric system to design and build 32mm cabinets is a must. While you won’t get precise US/1" equivalents, you don’t have to deviate from standard US sizes by more than 16mm (5/8").

  1. Thou shall use end panels that are a divisible of 32mm.

This is a True32 specific rule based on their chosen panel design (Stackable Boxes), it is not a 32mm system rule. For any given panel design, all panels sizes will be some increment of 32mm bigger or smaller than the others. It doesn’t matter if its kitchen uppers or lowers, a desk or a vanity, all panels will be some multiple of 32mm plus top and bottom reveal (relative to door and drawer faces). Only with either a 1.5mm top and bottom reveal or a 3mm top reveal and 0mm bottom reveal, will your panel height will be divisible by 32mm.

  1. Thou shall use door and drawer fronts that are a divisible of 32mm minus your reveal.

This is the most important and and overriding 32mm system rule. Because all faces (drawer, door, etc.) are mounted to to holes (via hardware, e.g. slides and hinges) that are 32mm apart, all faces are a multiple of 32mm tall (less reveal/clearance). All face top and bottom edges have an equal top and bottom reveal relative to system holes (not the panel). All top and bottom edges (plus reveal) align on the center of system holes, or at the midpoint between system holes, with one or the other the chosen constant.

  1. Thou shall use hinge locations that are equal distance from top and bottom of the door.

With the above rule, this is a given. The only logical way to mount doors that are a multiple of 32mm (less reveal) tall and center on or between system holes is to bore the hinge cups an equal distance from each end.

  1. Thou shall make all drawers with equal bottom referencing.

By following rule three, a common reference point is a given. All drawer face edges are an equal distance from a system hole and drawer adjusters, slides, etc. can all be mounted an equal distance from the top and/or bottom of the drawer box or drawer face (e.g. Indexing Wood Drawer Boxes). Your panel design and hardware will determine which provides a better reference point. The goal is to mount all hardware an equal distance from either the top and/or the bottom of the drawer box and/or face.

  1. Thou shall locate the front line of holes 37mm back from front edge.

All 32mm system compatible hardware, that uses the front edge of the panel as a reference point, has its primary mounting hole in a standard location. By far the most common application is overlay faces mounted to slides and hinges that have a panel component that is mounted 37mm from the front edge of the panel. With inset faces, the distance from the front edge is 37mm plus the face thickness. So, while the front row of system holes is typically 37mm from the front edge, it’s not always the case.

  1. Thou shall locate the back line of holes to work with drawer guides.

While handy, having your rows the same distance from the front and back edges may be more efficient if you don’t have a dual head boring machine. This rule also ignores construction hole boring considerations as the True32 assembly method involves random staples and screws. As a more general rule, all panel depths (for any given panel design) should be in 32mm increments.

  1. Thou shall reference from the front and bottom of an end panel.

You’ll get arguments on this one. The idea is that all inaccuracies end up where they are least visible (if you’re that inaccurate, you’ve got bigger problems). Another, more general, rule is to use a consistent point of reference. More specifically, use the point of reference that works best with your panel design and machine setup, e.g. so that a reference edge is always against your boring stops.

  1. Thou shall locate the first hole in one of four locations.

Panel design determines the first hole location. More specifically, rule three plus desired panel reveals and best reference point determines the first hole location. The True32 panel design is for full overlay cabinets with either a 1.5mm top and bottom reveal or a 3mm top reveal and a 0mm bottom reveal. For this particular design (and a bottom reference point) there are only four possible start hole locations (+/- 32mm) - 32 or 48mm for 1.5mm reveals and 30.5 or 46.5mm for 3/0mm reveals. With the 32 and 30.5mm start holes, the face edges will land on system holes. With the 48 and 46.5mm start holes, the face edges will lie centered between system holes. Your choice of drawer slides will determine which one works best.

  1. Thou shall use the complete hardware solution.

Hardware choices and panel design are inseparable. Certain hardware (drawers slides in particular) will work better with some designs (e.g. less wasted space) and worse, or not at all, with other designs (e.g. box top/bottom clearances).

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Good info here, I work mainly in the woodshop sector, and the below is a good example of my needs. Right now I’m just doing them manually after assembly. Yet to be able to specify all of the details noted in this thread, would be great.


Hey folks,

Thanks for sharing these references! Your feedback has been noted, and I appreciate you taking the time to reach out.

Easel Cabinetmaker is developed with 32mm System requirements in mind. Due to the custom nature of the application, cabinets produced in Easel Cabinetmaker will not always follow all of the rules of True32, but we aim for compatibility with System 32 standards where the designs allow. We have discussed adding additional options for users to specify the offset and spacing between shelf pin holes to suit other systems and to align pin holes as desired.

As we work on additional cusomization options for shelf pin spacing, we’ll make sure to keep you informed through our weekly updates. Our team may also reach out for additional feedback if needed!