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Old 02-12-2013, 10:59 PM   #1
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Cutting Down A Pantry Cabinet


Ill soon be installing a 90" tall single-piece pantry cabinet as part of a complete kitchen remodel. The problem is the ceiling height is 89-5/8." I didn't want to drop down 6" inches on the pantry height, so I figure I'd find a way to make this work and still look decent. I can add a 3/4" scribe moulding at the top of the cabinet without interfering with the doors. I know by cutting down the base 1/2" or so, the toe kick height won't match with the adjoining cabinet, but I don't think this will be too noticeable in a small kitchen. The other problem is tipping the cabinet in place...allowing room to stand it up with provisions to neatly cover any gaps. I'll install a separate toe kick in front, but would prefer not to use one on the side. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:13 PM   #2
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Cut the toe kick off. It's the only way you have a chance at standing it up. Build your separate toe kick. Stand the unit up and slide it on the base. Shim it tight to the ceiling.put a plywood skin on the exposed side.

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Cut the toe kick off. It's the only way you have a chance at standing it up. Build your separate toe kick. Stand the unit up and slide it on the base. Shim it tight to the ceiling.put a plywood skin on the exposed side.
Thats what I was going to say.
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Figuring the cabinet @ 24" deep, you would have to cut the entire toe kick off. 86" rise, 24" run equals a 89 5/16 diagonal. If the cabinet is less than 24" wide ithat would decrease the diagonal.

Looks like you're cutting the toe kick off.

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might be able to stand it up near the center of the room....if it's just a bit off jack the floor up. Sounds like a job for a track saw and to take apart the cabinet-install it in pieces.
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Either on-site assembly standing up (not that hard), or separate toe-kick...
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Cut the toe kick off. It's the only way you have a chance at standing it up. Build your separate toe kick. Stand the unit up and slide it on the base. Shim it tight to the ceiling.put a plywood skin on the exposed side.
I say the same thing. All of the pantry cabinets that I've installed have had the toekick seperate from the maker.


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What if you remove the front,back and unexposed side then stand it up on the remaining side and slide it on a home built toe kick.
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WE have don it already to install a toe kick on the open side as well as the front. That way you do not have to put a skin on the side and it does give the cabinet a nice look.
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If you are there with just the sub floor, you can remove a section between a pair of joists and tip it up.

In an extreme case of ah chitness, do the same thing with the ceiling.

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