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Any way to fix the gap between these cabinets after countertops are on?

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nealtw

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I looked at the link and the cabinet only has a 2-star rating. It's apparently crappy particle board/pressboard with laminate & the reviewer said the laminate didn't even cover the whole thing and that the "trays" are unstable. IIRC, Hampton Bay doesn't make the best quality stuff.

I'm assuming this is for a home you are flipping or something someone asked you to do. Did they pick those cabinets?

The cabinets have backs, but it looks like it's almost cardboard just stapled on to the back. It looks incredibly cheap and flimsy.
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I don't think backs like that would do much to stabilize the cabinet.
The real cheap ones don't have that light weight stuff stapled on the back, :D
 

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Ah. OK. I guess I'm just a cabinet / furniture snob. LOL. I hate particle board & I'm spoiled by having real oak cabinets.
None of this helps farmerjohn with his problem though. So, if the cabinets have to stay, hopefully the gaps can be covered with trim strips.
 

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I looked at the link and the cabinet only has a 2-star rating. It's apparently crappy particle board/pressboard with laminate & the reviewer said the laminate didn't even cover the whole thing and that the "trays" are unstable. IIRC, Hampton Bay doesn't make the best quality stuff.

I'm assuming this is for a home you are flipping or something someone asked you to do. Did they pick those cabinets?

The cabinets have backs, but it looks like it's almost cardboard just stapled on to the back. It looks incredibly cheap and flimsy.
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I don't think backs like that would do much to stabilize the cabinet.
Then where do I get better cabinets? Those were the best ones that HD had on the shelves.
 

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Do you have a Surplus Warehouse in your area? They carry some nice looking cabinets. Might even look for cabinet stores/builders in the area. But honestly, I haven't shopped for cabinets for my own stuff so I wouldn't know. I guess sometimes you get stuck with what is available.
 

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I have been reading over this entire thread and the best idea yet is the iron on, your gonna have a hard time making a filler strip than skinny. The iron on is fast and easy to do.
 

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what I have done in the past is to get the iron on stuff and apply it to the cabinet. To match the cabinets color I stained it with a highly thinned paint.
Stain is nothing more than thinned paint, and the cabinet color can be matched by buying the smallest quantity of paint that matches the cabinet, Take a cabinet door to the paint store of big box, and have them mix the paint to match the color of the door. After the iron on is stained with the home made stuff and finished with the overcoat (varnish ) you wont be able to tell the difference unless you are real close
 

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Ok. you guys with this iron on tape, have you considered the surface now might be iron on and that will become dislodged in the process?
 

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Ohhh. Good point, Neal. Sounds like very thin filler strip then. Or take the countertop off and get them together properly and hope the backsplash won't be messed up.
 

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If the original is iron on, which I doubt, then it can be stuck back on with an iron
 

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They are clamped together without causing any damage. I'll leave it for 24 hours and see if the gap is any smaller when I unclamp it.
 

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They are clamped together without causing any damage. I'll leave it for 24 hours and see if the gap is any smaller when I unclamp it.

I’ll be danged. Did the floor fall out?


Put a couple screws in it and call it a day.
 

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Does the floor of the cabinet seem stable? Can it hold weight without collapsing? Hopefully the fix will work.
 

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When you added the clamp did it pull the entire box over? It looks like it may have. If so, put a screw in the side just above the clamp and preferably from the lazy susan side (less visible) and not too long so it doesn't come through.
 

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Excellent!
What is your next project on the list?
 
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