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
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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.


06:19PM | 07/06/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 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

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