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Dust Caps in Medical Facilities

Shawn Hammond Member

How do you guys handle producing cabinets that require angled dust caps? I am trying to streamline this process by making it possible for anyone to make these cabinets without having our custom guy always be the person producing these cabinets.

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6/19/19       #2: Dust Caps in Medical Facilities ...
MarkB Member

I dont want to hijack your thread (though I am of course doing that). I have never seen this detail and it would be great to understand what it actually is for future reference if you wouldnt mind.

6/20/19       #3: Dust Caps in Medical Facilities ...
james e mcgrew  Member


That is an awful shallow angle, if it is tight to ceiling requiring that low then offer a soffit to ceiling,

Never seen one that low, cannot imagine it would do the required job any better that a flat top

6/21/19       #4: Dust Caps in Medical Facilities ...

We over hand the doors with a square edge and end up at 6 or 8 at the back

We cut the nose off leaving about 5/8 exposed and flat cap it

6/21/19       #5: Dust Caps in Medical Facilities ...
Pat Gilbert

The only time I ran into that was in my shop the city made me do it.

You might want to check the code on that angle or have the architect check it

I don't follow what cabinetmaker is saying.

6/21/19       #6: Dust Caps in Medical Facilities ...
james e mcgrew  Member


I think this is what cabinetmaker is saying, we have even done them with the flat edge at an angle above the doors, makes for an easy fabrication time

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6/21/19       #7: Dust Caps in Medical Facilities ...
james e mcgrew  Member


We cut "Ribs" which look like an angle and use hardwood on the front lip, a piece of 1/4 mdf is the top

Laminate the top, front Lip over door and any finished ends and attach as one will

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6/21/19       #8: Dust Caps in Medical Facilities ...

I was just in a Kaiser facility getting a slice in my hand looked at. Thought I might need stitches but they super glued it.
While I was waiting I noticed iced the cabinets had the angled top. They had the same detail that James In his drawing. It looked really good how it came out over the doors. It looked like it had been laminated and trimmed after assembly

6/22/19       #10: Dust Caps in Medical Facilities ...
Shawn Hammond Member

This has been a reoccurring detail in every medical facility we have done work in. I agree that the small angle really wouldn't act differently than a flat soffit, but ever time we ask about it, we always get the same answer, and that answer is that an angle is required so that they can prevent dust from sitting, and of course, it is always "too much work" to bring the soffit down. Either that or they don't want that look. We usually extend the doors above the cabinet a half inch or so and make the front of the angle flush with the cabinet front and we make an angled "toe kick" that sits on the cabinets. I was just trying to see if there was a more efficient way that other people are using since this tends to be very time consuming. Especially with such a sharp angle.

7/8/19       #11: Dust Caps in Medical Facilities ...
Alan F. Member

We try and do this, it passes a lot of locations.

We see it in medical (OSHPOD in CA) and educational. In medical its for dust, in education its for dust and so they don't use the top of cabinets as shelves.

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7/27/19       #12: Dust Caps in Medical Facilities ...

Here is the prototype drawing of what we do, and how we now produce them. The slope and stretchers are part of every cabinet and the sloped top cover is fit and applied after cabinet install. Architects and contractors seem to like it, charge plenty, kills your yield, extra assembly time etc.

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