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almerc
Removing horizontal cabinet filler
almerc

I have to remove a 4 in. Wide horizontal cabinet filler that is 30 in. long in order to install a taller fridge.
The filler is secured with headless nails to side panels.
What are your suggestions for removing this filler so as not to make a mess of the cabinets and side panels?
Thank you.

A. Spruce
Re: Removing horizontal cabinet filler
A. Spruce

Carefully cut the filler in a couple places and then use a combination of wiggling and a flat bar to remove the pieces.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Removing horizontal cabinet filler
Mastercarpentry

First make sure the 'filler' it not structural; sometimes here it supports the front of a shelf. You might need some reinforcing work if it is. For this kind of thing I cut from the front with an oscillating saw (multimaster) or a jigsaw with a laminate blade which cuts on the 'push' stroke, not the pull stroke like normal blades do. I leave a little extra wood to finish perfectly after cutting with a belt sander, disc sander, rasp, and files. Go very slow and very careful protecting everything along the way like taping the saw foot and the finished side of the saw line. I like lots of light from several angles while I'm cutting. Kind of nerve-wracking but with extreme care nearly anyone can do it.

Phil

almerc
Re: Removing horizontal cabinet filler
almerc
A. Spruce wrote:

Carefully cut the filler in a couple places and then use a combination of wiggling and a flat bar to remove the pieces.

Sounds like it might work in my situation.
Thank you.

almerc
Re: Removing horizontal cabinet filler
almerc
Mastercarpentry wrote:

First make sure the 'filler' it not structural; sometimes here it supports the front of a shelf. You might need some reinforcing work if it is. For this kind of thing I cut from the front with an oscillating saw (multimaster) or a jigsaw with a laminate blade which cuts on the 'push' stroke, not the pull stroke like normal blades do. I leave a little extra wood to finish perfectly after cutting with a belt sander, disc sander, rasp, and files. Go very slow and very careful protecting everything along the way like taping the saw foot and the finished side of the saw line. I like lots of light from several angles while I'm cutting. Kind of nerve-wracking but with extreme care nearly anyone can do it.

Phil

My filler is not structural so that should make my job easier. I will use my Dremel oscillating saw as you suggest.
Thanks for your help.

almerc
Re: Removing horizontal cabinet filler
almerc

Both suggestions sound like they work for my situation.
This forum is great!

A. Spruce
Re: Removing horizontal cabinet filler
A. Spruce
almerc wrote:

Both suggestions sound like they work for my situation.
This forum is great!

We are glad to have helped. Take pictures if you can and let us know how it goes. :cool:

dj1
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dj1

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