DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > General Home Improvement Discussion > Cutting cabinets for larger stove




Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-02-2007, 10:06 PM  
Doug Fir
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 3
Default Cutting cabinets for larger stove

We need to replace our stove, a drop in electric.

Problem is, the old one is 29" wide and the space in the counters was cut for that width. All the new ones are 30" or more.

What's a good way to achieve a nice, straight clean cut to make the stove space 1" wider? We have to go across the counter and down the front.

Thanks.

Doug Fir



__________________
Doug Fir is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-03-2007, 10:19 AM  
Daryl in Nanoose
Senior Member
 
Daryl in Nanoose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Nanoose Bay, BC
Posts: 762
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

First, grab a arbrite cutting knife at your local home center or hardware store. You will also need a jigsaw with a good clean cutting blade,2" masking tape and a square. Use a square to mark the cut lines and score them with a arbrite knife. Then mask off with masking tape the cut lines and a couple of inches on the saved part of the counter top ( this protects the top from scratches left by the jigsaw base. Now remark your cut lines and saw away. Most drop ins have a lip that sits on top so you should have a little grace.



__________________

[url]http://edhome.shawwebspace.ca/[/url]

Daryl in Nanoose is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-03-2007, 11:42 AM  
Doug Fir
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 3
Default

Daryl,

Thanks for the info.

I forgot to mention that the countertops are laminates, if that makes any difference in your answer. I suspect it does not.

My jigsaw cuts pretty slowly. Do you suppose it would be safe to use a circular saw across most of the counter, then use the jigsaw for places the circular saw won't reach?

__________________
Doug Fir is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-03-2007, 06:41 PM  
glennjanie
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 2,990
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Send a message via AIM to glennjanie
Default

Hey Doug:
The circular saw is not the best way to cut a countertop because the blade cuts in an upward motion and will chip the laminate. A reciprocating saw (sawzall) with a hacksaw blade is good in this case; it will cut quicker and straighter than many jigsaws will. The jigsaw blade is bad about overheating and wandering, plus they are harder to see.
Glenn

__________________
glennjanie is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-04-2007, 10:03 AM  
Daryl in Nanoose
Senior Member
 
Daryl in Nanoose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Nanoose Bay, BC
Posts: 762
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

The circular saw is not the best way to cut a counter top because the blade cuts in an upward motion and will chip the laminate.[B][/B]
I agree 100%.
I have not had any problems using a jig saw with a "new blade", just take your time. A sawzall works to but if you do not have one or use one very often I would think it might be a little clumsy.


__________________

[url]http://edhome.shawwebspace.ca/[/url]

Daryl in Nanoose is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Gas Stove needs a new gas tube for oven anevitte General Appliance Discussion 1 03-20-2008 12:16 PM
Installing Pellet Stove rp14 HVAC 3 11-05-2007 09:17 PM
Need Help With Old Stove missmeryl General Appliance Discussion 1 10-27-2007 02:54 PM
Self build customs.. or off the shelf cabinets? tooltime Carpentry and Woodworking 1 09-16-2006 11:58 AM
Kitchen vinyl under cabinets audaceblue Flooring 2 06-27-2006 02:56 AM

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS