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Old 02-04-2009, 07:28 PM   #1
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Correct Material for Eye-level Oven Cabinet

Hello Everybody. First let me explain I am a retired English guy living in a rural area of the Philippines. Quite some years back I bought an electric oven designed to be cabinet/unit mounted. Times and plans changed and the item went into storage but now I have a need to revive plans to use this. I am now in a rural location and advice is in rather short supply. My question is what material can I safely use to construct a cabinet to mount the oven in ? The rather limited information I have with the oven cautions the material should be heat resistant up to 70 degrees C. Iím considering plywood and read that the auto ignition point of ply seems to start at around 200 degrees C which suggests I should be OK constructing the cabinet from ply. I would also want to cover outside surfaces with Formica. DIY is not one of my strong points so any comments or suggestions will be greatly appreciated, especially issues concerning safety.

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Old 02-04-2009, 09:20 PM   #2
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Plywood and some kind of of solid material to cover the plies is more than fine for a oven box, that's what they are all made of haha. Now the formica I have no tips for.


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Old 02-05-2009, 04:54 AM   #3
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all oven cabinets have a 2" clearance usually around them. most oven cabinets are made of particle board for mica, or furniture grade plywood for stain finishes. BOB
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Old 02-05-2009, 05:40 AM   #4
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An oven cabinet has an interior dimension slightly taller than the oven size. You need to allow 2" above and below the oven, but no extra clearance along the sides except for about 1/4" to slide it in. The oven has a fan that will pull air into the top around the back and out the bottom to keep the cabinet from overheating. So 3/4" plywood is fine. There are no issues using formica for the outside or even a wood veneer. The bottom shelf of the oven should have 2 X 4 cleats and a 2 X 4 legs to the bottom of the cabinet for support
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Thank you everybody ... I'm on the right track now !
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