Cutting Cabinets to fit Gas Range


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Old 10-22-14, 06:52 AM
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Cutting Cabinets to fit Gas Range

I currently have a gas cook-top and a really old, small wall oven. I want to get rid of the two and put in a freestanding gas range where the cook top is now. Can I just cut the base cabinet to the needed dimensions, so that I can place the freestanding range? Do I need to reinforce the cabinets at all? I am also going to replace the counter tops, so that should not be an issue. Name:  cabinet.jpg
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Old 10-22-14, 07:19 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

Personally, I'd replace the cabinets at the same time, as what you have looks pretty dated to me. That said, if you don't want to do that, it's a little more complicated than just grabbing the tape measure and making some cuts.
 
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Is your cabinet all one piece or is it sections screwed together?
 
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Old 10-22-14, 10:39 AM
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Mitch: I would love to replace the cabinets, I just don't have the budget to do so. Would it be easier to put a wall oven in that opening?

Mark: the base cabinet is one piece.
 
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Yes, you need to reinforce cabinets. Before I give you some ideas or specific procedure, can I have the dimension of the existing opening?

I assume you want a 30" free standing range?
 
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Yes. I have the specific range that we are going to buy and I have the installation requirements that have the space needed. It is a 30" freestanding.

The dimensions for the current opening are 25.5"W x 27.25"H x 23.5"D
 
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Cabinets

My post was too late. Sorry for the interruption.

To keep it simple, the door opening would need to be 30 in. wide.
 
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That's going to be a tough one.
It looks like to make a (30 1-1/8") opening, you would run into adjacent doors and drawer fronts.
I'm judging by the picture.
If the measurement between the drawer fronts at left and right of cook top is less than 30" (actually about 32" for aesthetics), I would abandon the idea of a freestanding range.

What is the distance between the two drawer fronts?
 
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It is right at 30"

Also the drawer fronts on the right of the cook-top are just fronts, not actual doors. And they are in the corner. Could I move them over 2"?
 
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A pic showing the entire cabinet would be helpful.

I'd consider removing the entire cabinet and using what I could to make 2 cabinets with enough space in between to accommodate the stove.
 
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Mark has the right idea.
Try to post a picture of the total run so we can give you some input on reconfiguring what you have.
This will involve painting cabinets, or at least the face frames.
Here's where I'm headed:
Remove existing face frame.
Build 2 new face frames based on which doors and drawer fronts can be used to make up width you need.
 
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I will take a picture of the whole run as soon as I get home tonight. Thanks for all the help so far guys.
 
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Row of Cabinets

Here is a picture of the whole row/ corner.

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I still can't quite see how much face frame reveal you have at far right, on right side of end door.
Same for left door. I can't see how much reveal is next to oven cabinet.
But regardless, here's what you need:

New face frame. You can build frame using a simple pocket hole jig and a couple of clamps. Check out the Kreg Jig.
You will need to build face frame so current drawers fit, and the left and right doors can moved farther out towards ends.
Measurements for door and drawer openings need to be accurate.
 
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You could cut out the cabinet under the cook top along with the small portion to the right. Obviously you'd need to reinforce the cabinet on both sides and then use a piece of 1x as a filler [painted to match] on the right. That would be the least amount of work but the big drawback is the exhaust hood wouldn't be centered
 
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Thanks for the help guys. I am going to go with making the new face frame. I already have the Kreg Jig and I need another excuse to use it. Plus the wife would not be happy about the hood being off center!

I will let you know how it goes.
 
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Old 10-23-14, 08:45 AM
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Since you are making a new face frame that small corner door or blank could be a place for trays or platters. I have a space like that and hinged the blank and now have tray space.
 
 

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