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Old 10-04-2009, 02:10 AM   #1
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I'm taking up the luan flooring in my house. The rest of the luan sheets are partly under cabinets but I want to keep the luan under the cabinets. So I need to make some clean/flush cuts along the cabinets so I can rip up the luan without ruining the cabinets. Tried a flush cut hand saw but that's not working out too well. Only thing I can think of is buying a dremel multi-max oscillator and using the flush cut blades. Any other ideas that could save me from making a $100 purchase??
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Are you removing 1/4 inch underlayment?

How clean must the cut be?

Sometimes a sawsall with a long flexible blade (installed up-side down)will do the trick.A bit of scrap sheetmetal will protect the toe kick.(flat electric box cover with double faced tape?)

The cut will not be perfect,but should be fine if installing more underlayment or durrock.--MIKE
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Old 10-04-2009, 06:12 AM   #3
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What are you installing as the new floor. This will help us tell you some options. Normally you can leave the luan under the kickspace also and just remove the part starting from the cabinet edge. A jam saw is the easiest way to make this a perfect cut if that is what is needed. Borrow one or rent one.
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:30 AM   #4
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A utility knife works just fine. Remove the plywood to within four inches of the cabinet face. Then score a few cuts along the toe kick with a sharp utility knife. Get under the remaining four inches and pry upward breaking off the plywood at the toe kick. Clean up the splinters and fray with a few more passes of the utility knife.

There ya go...you just saved a hunnerd bucks.
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Thanks for the help guys.....Bud, you just save me $100!
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That was an excellent idea Bud. Just in case you have to cut thicker than 1/4 inch, Fein makes a flush cut saw specifically for that purpose. Very expensive, but can be rented I believe.
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