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Kitchen Design/Remodeling/modifying cabinet for OTR microwave


bhowle45 wrote at 2013-09-14 14:22:29
I had a similar problem.  My microwave was too close to my stove top.  Excess heat and moisture from stove top cooking caused the microwave to fail.  So during the repair process I decided to cut 4" out of the height of my over the stove cabinet.  I determined that the best way to do this was to take down the cabinet and then do the modifications.  I found it to be attached by 6 screws, 2 on the back side connected to the wall studs and 2 on each side connected to the adjacent cabinets.  The latter 4 screws may have been installed through the cabinet frame or, as in my case, through the cabinet side walls. If they are not visible, a magnet can be used to locate them.  So with all 6 screws removed, I was able to work the cabinet loose and remove it from the wall.  I used a skill saw (with fined-tooth blade) and a straight edge jig to cut out the top front horizontal strip, which was to be reinstalled.  I then used a table saw (with fined-tooth blade) to cut 4" from the top of the cabinet, cutting one side at a time.  I placed the previously mentioned cross piece across the top front of the cabinet to mark a line for cutting the vertical center strip and then reinstalled this cross strip. Without going into too much detail, I reinforced the inside of the cabinet frame's top with some strips of molding and reinstalled the top hardboard. Before mounting the cabinet, I used metal snips to cut 4" off the exhaust duct. Finally, I reinstalled the cabinet and my microwave.  It's a much better installation.  I'm still working on shortening the cabinet doors.

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I can answer questions regarding the kitchen & bath design process. My specialty is problem solving and advising clients about realistic expectations and proper procedures. Please feel free to use this forum for fact gathering and overall questions about the remodeling process and how to get started. I take special pride in solving unique design issues (issues unrelated to interior design).


I am the general manager of a kitchen & bath design showroom that offers complete sales, design, and installation services. Our products include cabinets, countertops, flooring, and appliances.

I have been working in the field of kitchen & bath design since receiving my B.S. degree in Architecture in 1992. I also own my own residential home design company, and have been designing custom homes for local builders since 1993.

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