Help with installing kitchen cabinets.

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Old 12-12-17, 07:14 PM
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Question Help with installing kitchen cabinets.

I am trying to install some kitchen cabinets, I have remodeled a couple of simple kitchens before, both galley style kitchens where the cabinets are just on opposite walls. I am now trying to replace cabinets in a kitchen where the cabinets are at what I believe to be a 45* angle.

I have one cabinet set in place (a 9" wide one) that sits to the right of the 45* angle wall, but I cannot get the other cabinet to line up with the first cabinet. I get them both level and square to the wall, but the ends of each cabinet are not level with the other one. The top will be 1/4" further out than the bottom. What are the steps to make sure the cabinets end up properly?

Also, I need to cut a filler piece that goes between the cabinets, Do i need to cut a 22.5* on each side of the filler piece to get it to match on each side?

I have attached pictures of the old cabinets. Sorry, they are gross. This was a rat infested hoarders house. In the bottom cabinet picture you can see the small cabinet and the larger one side by side. That's what I am trying to replicate.
 
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Old 12-12-17, 07:26 PM
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You can either make 2 fillers with 22.5 or one filler with a 45, (if the corner really is 45). You would be wise to join the face frames first, then worry about getting that pair of cabinets plumb and level. Cabinets don't necessarily just go back tight to the wall. You often have to shim them... either the floor or the wall or both.

Before starting the cabinet installation you usually want to check the floor with a long level and identify the highest spot on the floor. That way you will know which cabinets get shimmed up and which one sits right on the floor.
 
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Yes, I had to shim them both to get them level. That floor is way off with high and low spots. Also the wall isn't really straight either. I will cut the filler and dowel the cabinets together and try again.

Also when attaching the upper cabinets, one 15" wide cabinet doesn't have any studs behind the wall to attach it to. Whats the best way to secure a cabinet when there are no studs? I am going to screw the frame faces together and can attach it to the adjoining cabinet also near the back if needed.

Thanks for the reply and help.
 
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Old 12-12-17, 08:16 PM
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It will be fine if you screw the face frames together. You should be able to catch a stud on at least one side if you screw at an angle. You can also drop a 3/8" spacer between the cabinets on either side near the back (a shim or 3/8" plywood) and screw them together on top of the cabinet where no one can see the screw.

For wall cabinets I will typically remove all the doors and shelves... screw a bunch of wall cabinets together, then lift them all into place at once. It's usually best if you leave the last cabinet a little loose from the wall while you attach the next one.
 
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