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Old 11-22-2014, 12:49 AM   #1
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Moving Built in Cabinets from one part of house to another- Craftsman historic house


Hi we're trying to open up our kitchen wall to the living room to create an "open concept" living space.

We have a 1910 craftsman, and don't want to destroy the original built ins.

Anyone have tips for moving built in cabinetry from one part of house to another?

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First we are closing that door on the right and moving it to that wall
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You mentioned 'moving it into that wall' --Have you designed the header system for that new opening yet?

Pulling out the old cabinets will require some patience---we do not know how they are held into the opening--or if they were built in place---
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Assuming the cabinet pieces were nailed to the frame, it should be possible to remove the cabinet still attached to the frame, and cutting the frame (studs, etc). Before you remove the cabinet, you may have to build a box or frame around the cabinet so it does not move (ply or cross braces). I would start by remove wall sheathing front and back and looking at how the cabinet is constructed. Check bottom and top as well for filled nail holes, shims, etc. Use fine tooth metal cutting blade on a sawsall to cut nails.
Sawsall can vibrate a lot, so you may have to cut the studs by hand or drill out the main meat and cut the remains.
Also, if the cabinet was built there, why? The wall was bumped out that much, so the cavity next to it may be is used...duct?
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Since you are intending to remove the wall you could bust out the back side first and see how the cabinets are built or attached to the wall from behind. Then proceed from there depending on what you find.
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Since you are intending to remove the wall you could bust out the back side first and see how the cabinets are built or attached to the wall from behind. Then proceed from there depending on what you find.
^^That^^ right there.

Nice looking cabinet by the way.....

I'm betting that once you pull off the back drywall, it will be obvious.

Looking at the face trim, it looks like the whole thing was built and then pushed into the wall. It might have been built in place....but for the average woodworker, that would be the hard way.

Please post pics of the back once you have it open.....you have my interest on this one.

BTW.....Pasadena?
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