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Old 11-10-2009, 12:04 PM   #1
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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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Old 11-10-2009, 12:43 PM   #2
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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.


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Old 11-10-2009, 05:05 PM   #3
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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
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:37 PM   #4
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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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