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blueturtle 11-10-2009 12:04 PM

Cutting laminate kitchen cabinet
Hi there,

There is a kitchen island that sits dominantly in my small kitchen area, and I like to remove the drawer part and use only the 2-door part to make a smaller island with also a down-sized table top.

The two cabinets are secured together on the back side with a laminate board and at the bottom with a base frame (black part).
I made an attempt to separate the units by cutting through the back board with a reciprocating saw but it does not give in at all.

I'd greatly appreciate it if anyone could help me find out:
- if I'm using the appropriate sawing tool to cut through the 5/8" laminate board?, and
- if it is possible to even cut the laminate top?

I might be better off purchasing a smaller island, but the existing one has got the same laminate finish so ...

I thank you in advance for your advice. :-)

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Bob Mariani 11-10-2009 12:43 PM

Cabinets are also attached with a screw in the face frame. Look for these. Cutting the back should be no problem. To cut the countertop you should use a fine tooth jig saw, or if you have it a better choice is a 1/2 HP router with a flush cut bit. This will avoid any chips in the edge.

tpolk 11-10-2009 05:05 PM

if you have removed the top ( which is attatched to your cab) does it appear to be two seperate cab put together on site or is it one unit since they look like custom ordered cab

blueturtle 11-11-2009 01:37 PM

Thank you, Bob for your tips/advice.
I understand that I need a little more persistence while cutting the board to get the job done. I will also go to HomeDepot today and make sure I've got the right sawing tooth for the wicked laminate board.
Yes, I've removed the screws, thanks. :-)

To your question, Tpolk - yes, the unit is indeed two separate cabinets.
These are assembly cabinets like IKEA's BUT joined together with a back board/base frame/counter top.

Best regards. :-)

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