12:24PM | 07/06/04
Member Since: 06/30/04
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how can i make a nice cut on an overhead cabinet without taking the cabinet off the wall so that my refrigerator will fit underneath? i need to cut about 1/2 inch off the bottom of the cabinet frame.


04:31PM | 07/06/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
558 lifetime posts
I did this to a built-in entertainment center so I could roll in a larger TV. Mark your cut line and use a high quality saber saw. I used a Bosch. Cut straight up along the stiles and then use several angled cuts so you can get the saw blade moving horizontally along the rail. I tried a reverse blade, but found I got best results with a good cross-cut wood blade, and holding the saw sole plate firmly to the work to keep the angle straight.

You can get a pretty good, but not perfect cut. No worries. Use a round-over bit with pilot bearing on a router to match the cabinets, or a power sander if you don't have the router. The cut will not be very visible on most cabinets, just above the refrigerator anyway, but you can get it close to perfect with light sanding.

I assume you alrady tried lowering the wheels.


05:21PM | 07/06/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hello Tom,

Thanks for responding to nchristie's post. This one had been driving me crazy. I even thought about it in the shower (where I do some of my best thinking!). I'd been thinking, a saber saw (going slow, with a new blade) would indeed be a good way to go.

I REALLY like the round-over bit idea. I had thought it might be possible to tack up a trim strip over the rough edge--but for one thing, this (trim strip) would take up room--and the gap between the rough cut and the trim strip would still need to be filled.

I also like the comment about lowering the wheels!

Thanks for the post!


-k2 in CO

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06:19PM | 07/06/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
558 lifetime posts
I really appreciate the compliment. I bought that Bosch saw just for this project, and ended up giving away the old one. What a difference to work with a precision tool with plenty of power to hold a line. I use that saw quite a bit now, sometimes for cuts I would never have used the old jig saw to do, and that just can't be done with the table saw, miter or circular saws. The porter cable pad sander also help me atone for a lot of sins.

I learn plenty reading your posts as well K2

TomH in CA

Moderator Fix-It For'em and the still unused Safety, Environmental, Hazardous Material Forum


08:53PM | 07/06/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi again TomH,

Now I have some serious saw envy. I have a really old cheezy B&D jigsaw. It isn't as bad as the ones that had the 1-foot long cords (years ago)--but I don't think it's much better than those.

One of these days I've gotta spring for a decent one. I probably would've done so a long time ago--but I just don't use it much. But, as you know, if you have crummy tools you find ways not to use them, LOL.

I enjoy your posts as well, and your efforts on the FIF have only to be commended. That can be quite a free-for-all over there!


-k2 in CO

Moderator, Miscellaneous Forum


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