Cutting into cabinet for rangetop after it has been installed?

amandasplitFebruary 4, 2013

Hey GWers, Just curious, did any of your GCs cut into your cabs after they were installed? Our Thermador rangetop is going to require a lot of cutting (even into the sides/frames) and I'm wondering how he can do that with the cab looking quite attached to the wall and the ones next to it. Do I need to worry?

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davidahn

Only if he doesn't know what he's doing. With the proper tools and technique, the cutting isn't the problem. Cutting into the cabinet would mean structural elements will be cut out, like stretchers (spanners) and possibly the cabinet sides. If structural parts are removed, new members should be added to maintain structural soundness and to properly support the range top.

Did you recently change the range top? The cabinets should have been built to fit it without cutting.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 2:31AM
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amandasplit

Nope we ordered the cabinet that's deemed a "range top" cabinet but they leave it full height so you can cut it depending on how deep the appliance is.

I'm mainly just wondering why he installed it before cutting into it.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 12:12AM
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greendesigns_gw

You generally always install the cabinets with the false panels before cutting the false panels. That goes for a range top, farm sink, or oven cabinet. With the right tools, like a Fein, it's totally not a big deal at all. You can't cut and shim something to fit just the cabinet. How that cabinet fits in the whole run affects the adjustments.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 7:53AM
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amandasplit

Ooh, that's good to hear, Green. Thanks!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 1:56PM
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