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Hi!

We just bought a home with original kitchen cabinets from the 1950. The hinges have been updated and have a fresh coat of paint, so it's functionally fine except for the space allotted for the refrigerator. The space is 30in wide and 5 ft 9 in tall. Ideally, I would like to cut the cabinet above the frig space in half to make room for a tall, skinny frig. Is it difficult to alter one section of an old cabinet like this?

The other option I have would be to cut off an edge of the countertop to fit a 31-32 inch frig. The counters are corian/silestone. Is it possible to cut already installed countertops?

Thanks,

Carole

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Hi  Carole, it kind of depend how the cabinets are made, and how they're hung. Some older cabinets like this are not made up of individual cabinets, but instead made as a single unit, or even built in place. To alter such cabinets is a big job, and not one for a novice....in order to cut the counter top, it would have to be removed, and sometimes they glue these down, so without being able to examine either, its difficult to give you an answer that means something. I think you need to find a kitchen cabinet shop or a cabinetmaker to look at the situation with you. They should offer to do that for no charge, as long as you can make it convenient for them, like meeting during a lunch hour, or when they plan to be in your area already, and this should be a job that they can deal with confidently. This is not the job for a novice or even a DIY'er, that doesn't have experience...feel free to post back again, Regards
Greg

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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects, Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings, wood species recognition and usage,tool recommendations, blade types and recommendation,techniques and methods for many Woodworking related issues, etc.

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Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.) Sold, built, serviced, setup Home, Industrial, and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools , provided knowledge, parts replacement, service, and on site service, Trade show Demo, and training as well.

Publications
Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002) ...("27 year compilation of expert know-how")

Education/Credentials
Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars from major Tool manufacturers, Skil/Bosch, Delta, Powermatic, Ritter, Porter cable, Milwaukee, Dewalt/B&Decker, Performax.

Past/Present Clients
Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT. (the Antiques capital of CT.), Golden Age of Trucking Museum,Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies. For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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