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Old 10-11-2008, 09:30 PM   #1
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Hi folks, a newbie here. We bought a 50s house, which used to have a really neat darker wood kitchen cabinetry. In the seventies the original owners did a remodel. They removed all cabinet doors, glued on a layer of light oak on the cabinet sides, and installed "country" style oak doors. I found the original cabinet doors in the garage - they are still in great shape, and I'd like to restore these cabinets to their original look. Question - how can I remove the glued-on oak from the cabinet sides? Is it even possible?
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The short answer is yes, it can be done.

How old are you and are you in good health?

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I hate "country style" oak doors! Yuck.

I think it is probably not a realistic possibility to remove the added oak from the faceframes and cabinet carcasses. If it was glued, you'll never get it off and be able to keep the old cabinet faces in good aesthetic condition. Veneer will rip off during removal, and the glue probably ruined it anyway. My suggestion would be to remove what you can, and install new wood to match the doors you found.
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Just my dry sense of humor that it could take you a very long time.

Probably not worth it.
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Just my dry sense of humor that it could take you a very long time.

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Just my dry sense of humor that it could take you a very long time.

Probably not worth it.
Marvin, what? You mean I shouldn't spend the next 40 years of my life peeling the oak off my cabinets?

thekctermite - I like your solution, thanks! Any tips on trying to get the oak off? Plus, do you have any recommendations for a place to get new wood matching my original doors (in the KC metro area)?

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