|Forum topic by jacobem3||posted 04-26-2016 09:31 PM||411 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
04-26-2016 09:31 PM
I bought a house with 20 year old builder grade, pre-fab, face frame cabinets. I’d like to remove the center stiles and reface them with slightly wider, simple slab doors that will cover the gap left between the door openings with a small 1/8” reveal between the doors. I don’t believe I’ll be able to cover the reveals on the hinge sides as they are quite large.
My goals are to have a more modern look and make it easier to get wide objects in and out of the cabinets. I have a few constraints – currently no table saw, but I hope to use something like a Kreg Rip Cut jig and/or a homemade rip jig to get straight and true cuts. We’ll be using the kitchen throughout the project.
The face and shelves are 3/4” MDF. The sides and backs are 1/2” MDF and they have a white paper veneer that is peeling in places. The stiles are connected to the rails with pocket screws and glue. The pocket screws will come out but the glue seems to be the modern stuff that is stronger than the wood.
Will the cabinets be structurally sound without the stiles? I assume I’ll have to cut them out with a reciprocating saw and sand down even with the rails.
I’m a bit confused about which types of hinges to buy. I want to use hidden European style hinges, but I believe they’ll need to mount on the face frames rather than the box sides like they are in frameless cabinets.
Here are some pictures of what I have. Thanks in advance for any guidance/advice on how you’d do this!
(apologies for the rotated pictures, I’m doing this on a Chromebook and it’s got limited editing options)