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How do I trim 1/8' off cabinet facia?

Posted by buellwinkle (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 4, 11 at 18:29

I had a trash compactor and I'm replacing it with a wine cooler. The opening needs to be about 1/8" larger. I can sand it, but it will likely take me forever and not come out straight. I've tried hand planes, but that's takes skill that I never mastered.

Is there a tool that's best for cutting a straight line on a facia of a the cabinet (1/2" thick wood) that can shave about 1/8"? A router maybe? A power saw?

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RE: How do I trim 1/8' off cabinet facia?

Router with a flush-cutting bit. The ball-bearing guides are much recommended. It won't cut all the way to the top unless the c-top is removed. The smaller the router base, the closer it will get, assuming the presence of a c-top.Cut can be finished with a sharp chisel following a carefully marked line, finish with sandpaper wrapped around a wood block.

RE: How do I trim 1/8' off cabinet facia?

The way I'm reading your message, the cabinet will be in place when you make the cut. If so, that's going to be a little tricky.

What kind of tools do you have and what kind of skill level do you have?

RE: How do I trim 1/8' off cabinet facia?

My neighbor just replaced a dishwasher and needed to trim the opening by about 1/8". We marked it with a pencil and used a small reciprocal saw. We didn't rush the job and reasoned that the face of the dishwasher would hide a less than perfectly straight cut. Surprisingly, it turned out straight and smooth. I'm sure you'll get more efficient recommendations here, but using what we had handy, this method worked pretty well.

RE: How do I trim 1/8' off cabinet facia?

A small belt sander has been used for scribing for a long time.

erRE: How do I trim 1/8' off cabinet facia?

The belt should run parallel to the face frame, not across the thickness.

RE: How do I trim 1/8' off cabinet facia?

If you can't get at it with a router, I would try a Japanese hand saw.

Clamp a straight piece of wood to the front of the face frame and follow the edge of the wood with the saw blade.

It is possible to start the cut by plunging through the front. The clamped-on straight board protects the part you want to keep.

Clean up the edge with the small belt sander before you unclamp the board.

RE: How do I trim 1/8' off cabinet facia?

I said practically the same thing as aidan_m this morning before I left for the day. It looks like I never confirmed the post, though. That's my choice too.

RE: How do I trim 1/8' off cabinet facia?

Any saw can have problems with thin cut.

Break off the waste and the saw has no guidance.

The common way of scribing and edge (requires removal of small and varying amounts) is to belt sand then off.

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