Operation Remove 8" of Cabinet

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 12:56

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year!

Thank you for welcoming our son to the Knockoffwood family!  He's doing wonderful, and I promise, I'll be sharing some more photos and details with you soon.

While I was pregnant, the Ram and I worked extra hard to finish up Grandma's (the Ram's mom, otherwise known as Sewing Mom) side of the Momplex so she could be moved in by the Holidays.  And knowing we'd have a newborn baby arriving, we wanted to get as much done as possible so we could spend time with the baby, in our own home, but still keep in touch with you and continue to provide more plans through the blog.

But man, looking at these pictures, and writing again about DIY and building .... poor Hayes just may end up in a baby carrier with a set of baby earmuffs on, covered in sawdust.  Please don't judge me .... I am addicted to building stuff.


So about that DIY kitchen ... today I am going to write about the time that we followed instructions, the only time that we had to re-do something in the Momplex Vanilla Kitchen ...  sometimes you just gotta go with your gut instinct, you know?

We've already built the 21" wall cabinets and the 36" wall cabinets, so all we need to build for the back kitchen wall is the above the range wall cabinet.

Well, I know from previous builds that most above the range cabinets are 30" wide by 12" tall - but that all really depends on the microhood you are using, you know?

So I read the instructions ....

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And I thought ... hey! I could get more storage and make the cabinet above the range a whole 8" larger! More storage for Grandma!!!

So we built a cabinet for the space, using the minimum clearance specified in the instruction manual ...

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Step 2 Instructions

And then we layed all the cabinets out in a line, and I thought it might be a little odd that the microhood now sits a full 6-7" lower than the bottom of the other wall cabinets.

Have you ever seen that? A microhood sitting down that low compared to the other wall cabinets mounted at standard height?

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Step 3 Instructions

It just didn't seem right - here's where the microhood would have sat had we used the taller wall cabinet we originally built.

No pot taller than 14" woudl have fit under it. It was exactly 2" above the top of the range backsplash (as the instruction manual recommended for minimum clearance).

It just didn't seem right.

The Ram and I went back and forth on whether we should live with it or fix it ... it does meet standards ... but it doesn't meet our standards ....

What to do?

Build another wall cabinet?


We are going to operate on the cabinet. Or at least try to.

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Step 4 Instructions

We'll just cut the cabinet down with table saw!

We of course removed any screws or nails on or near the cut line, and then just set the fence, and let 'er rip!

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Step 5 Instructions

And then flipped it over and cut one side ...

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And then the other ...

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Step 7 Instructions

And then we removed the bottom from the piece we cut off - we thought we might have to cut a new bottom because it was glued on, but lucky for us, the glue was in a forgiving mood.

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Step 8 Instructions

And then we reattached the bottom to the now shorter cabinet.

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Step 9 Instructions

Then we ripped the face frame down to the new size,

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Step 10 Instructions

And reconstructed it too.

And then we reattached the face frame, and the moment of truth - was it worth the risky operation?

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Much better!!! I can work with that!

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Definitely worth making things right.

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Just imagine that microhood 8" (what we took off the cabinet) lower. It would have haunted me for The. Rest. Of. My. Life.

And just so you don't have to chop a too big cabinet down to size (not recommended!) I'll put plans together for a standard 30x12x12 wall cabinet.

So what would you have done? Live with it, build a new cabinet, or operate on it?

XO Ana + Family


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