Is it possible to trim 1/8" off of a cabinet bottom?
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Long story short, we have a fridge at the end of a run of cabinets. We put in laminate flooring and now the fridge won't fit back under the 15" "over the fridge" cabinet.
Turns out we let the rail dip 1/8" at the end and never noticed. :shock:Apparently neither did the drywall contractor that built an enclosed box that runs across the top of all of the cabinets, .. so there's no way for me to raise the "over the fridge" cabinet to it's proper height.
I've double-checked that the fridge can't be lowered anymore. I guess I could cut out the laminate from under the fridge, but that'd leave the concrete slab, so if a future owner drops in a smaller fridge, that'd be ugly. Ripping down and redoing the enclosed box would require a contractor (and a fair amount of money).
I was wondering what ya'll thought about shaving 1/8" off the bottom of the cabinet and doors. I have no idea if the material could handle that without blowing into a zillion pieces.
Hmmm... Dang, my intial reaction was just to move the cab up higher by loosening the bolts, but obviously that won't work with the box above it. Shaving 1/8" off the bottom would probably be pretty messy, you'd get down to bare particleboard... You might be better off taking the cabinet apart and cutting down the sides and back? Maybe the door could just be adjusted up? I haven't tried it myself, but I've heard that some folks HAVE cut down Cabs before... ::ponder::
How about shaving the TOP of the cab so it doesn't show and adjusting the door up?
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The doors are exactly as "tall" as the cabinet, so if I shorten the cabinet, I'll also have to shorten the doors in order for the fridge to fit.
EXCELLENT idea about shaving off of the top (where it won't be seen) vs. the bottom. I'm always amazed at the obvious things I miss sometimes. :shock:
I wasn't sure how hard it would be to shave the top evenly, so I was also thinking about taking the cabinet apart, shortening the two sides evenly (which would result in a less-tall cabinet), and then putting it back together. I'd still have to trim the doors (and the cardboard backing), but I think that might be less messy than shaving 1/8" off the the entire top.
It would be easier to shorten the sides and back of the cabinet rather than shave the top - particle board is a terrible substrate when it comes to planing. It is actually quite common to shorten a 24" high fridge cabinet to 18" (since the proper doors exist) - this bridges the gap between the 15" and the 24" cabinets.
Have you double-checked your fridge manual to see if your fridge needs space around it for air circulation? It may not be the greatest idea to have it wedged tightly under the cabinet (I'm assuming since 1/8" makes the difference between it fitting or not, that it'll be a very tight fit).