Kitchen Cabinet Door Shortened for Taller Appliance
New microwave exhaust hoods and refrigerators often require the cabinet and doors above to be shortened. New ovens often require the drawer below to be shortened. Appliance installers, handymen, others will often perform that work to the cabinets; but they can't properly resize the doors or drawer as well as we can..
We do that! You'll be amazed.
The goal is to save the kitchen.
In updating a kitchen for new appliances it is not uncommon that the existing cabinets need to be modified for a taller appliance; refrigerator, taller oven, or micro-wave exhaust hoods. Here we discuss the modifying of cabinet cases for such requirements. The appliance installer or handyman can modify the cabinet but can not properly resize a door.
The biggest problem is solved when we shorten the cabinet doors or drawers involved.
Cabinet Drawer Repairs and Modification is a discussion about shortening drawer fronts and boxes.
From experience, the goal should be to save the existing doors but to make them shorter. We can and do provide a wide variety of new replacement doors, but it is nearly impossible to matching the wood specie, grain, outer edge shapes, inner edge shapes, raised panel shapes, stain color darkness and transparency; let alone gloss matching.
Accordingly, we have worked out a procedure to shorten typical raised panel doors. It works for flat panel style also with minor modifications.
|DOOR WITH SECTION CUT OUT OF MIDDLE & REASEMBLED TOGETHER
Results in cross grain pattern disruption and glue line.
|Door to shorten 4" by cut from the middle||4" chosen just above raised panel||4" cut off with really
|Cut away view of the interior of a door - frame and panel|
|Many such doors require that the hinge slot (plunge) be recut . We have the specialty tool for such a cut.|
|Left door with reduction from near the top||Right door as seen by spouse looking up||Resized door with cross-cut grain line disruption|
|DOOR DIS-ASSEMBLY and RE-ASSEMBLY METHOD "IF" DOOR WILL COME APART
Ideal method but all doors won't come apart. No seam or grain lines.
|Door to shorten 4" by
|While apart, raised panel slant recut with table saw||After reassembly, vertical stiles are cross-cut square||Square ends of stiles are reshaped by hand to match the rest|
Pictures by BWB Images
Limited stain color touchup is performed to the cut line. A painted door might require repainting by the client.
The typical cost is $200 per door.
See Examples of Previous Projects here:
Door & Drawer Repair Gallery
WANT A BID? A picture is worth a thousand words!
Want new? provide sizes and wood specie with door style.
Take a picture from the front also from the back also showing the other side.
Take a close up of any details or repairs needed. It is that simple.
IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION AND A COUPLE OF PHOTOS:
Send us an email and attach your photos. Remember to include your question or description of your problem.
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• Email Address
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• City, State, Zip Code
• Daytime Telephone
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• Question or Description of your problem
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WHEN TAKING PHOTOS OF YOUR ITEM FOR YOUR EMAIL INQUIRY:
- Have good lighting and move closer to the item. Folks tend to stand too far away.
- Mark the damages or special aspects with something like masking tape.
- Take an overall photo of the whole item. For example, the dining table.
- Take a close-up photo of any special areas. For example, the gouge to the top.
- Take photos from various angles. For example, from the left and from the right or from opposite side of table since light reflection "plays tricks".
UPS shipments are gladly received for such repairs.
2-4 week turn around.
Use your friendly Brown or Kinko store to pack and ship.
We'll call you with final bid and return shipping if your carton is reusable.
Ask us about custom woodworking, wood furniture replacement parts, new cabinet doors and drawers and exterior wood shutters. We also have cabinet door appliance panel kits for dish washers, trash compactors and refrigerators.
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