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Forum topic by WalkerTexasRanger posted 12-05-2015 03:49 PM 520 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-05-2015 03:49 PM

This is probably a silly question – but.—I usually build furniture but I am renovating a kitchen. I am building a lower kitchen cabinet to fit in between two other cabinets. Obviously I am wanting a flush finish. My question is what height do I cut the side pieces? Do I cut them to the finished height (less the 3/4 plywood top)? Or, do I cut them 1/4” lower and then shim the cabinets to the correct height? It is an older home and I am concerned about the level of the floor. Thanks WTR

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#1 posted 12-05-2015 04:50 PM

You could build your box without a base and use legs that screw up and down to get things level, then put the kick on afterward.

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#2 posted 12-05-2015 11:41 PM

Walker, I make a separate base and shim it to level. Then set the cabinet on top of the base. Check the floor with a level to get an understanding of how much shimming might be needed and make your base accordingly.

-- Art

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#3 posted 12-06-2015 12:40 AM

I did what dhazelton suggested when I built my cabinets. I can’t recommend this approach enough. It is so easy to level the cabinets and they have a very large adjustment range.

-- -Dan

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