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BentheViking

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575 days ago

So we are redoing our kitchen and rather than take up valuable counterspace with our massive microwave we are building out a space in one of the lower cabinets. Basically I made a face frame that fit inside the original frame and just pocket screwed it all together.

So yesterday (a week after it has all been reinstalled, I remeasured the microwave and realized that I didn’t take its feet into account when I measured it out and now the frame is about an inch too short. I have the physical space to take some wood out, but have to really do it in place since I built it in such a fashion (and with a lot of glue, to that things don’t just come out). I’m wondering what ideas are out there as to how to fix it.

So far my three are

1—Use a oscillating multi tool to cut a really straight line exactly where I need the line to end up
2—Use a oscillating multi tool to cut a straight line about 1/4” from where i want to end up then cut a 1/4” filler on the TS thats nice and straight then slap it on and caulk it pretty
3—Affix a straight edge to the back, remove most of the unwanted material and then use a flush trim bit on a router to cut it.

It will all get painted and we can use caulk, but to please SWMBO its gotta be as clean as possible.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson


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patron

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#1 posted 575 days ago

i’d go with #3

just do it slow
so the router doesn’t jump around

any boo-boo’s
can be fixed with bondo
since it will be painted

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 575 days ago

Take the feet off?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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CueballRosendaul

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#3 posted 575 days ago

I’m with Charlie, unless the feet are molded into the sheet metal bottom. You can replace them with some stick on rubber or felt feet that are really flat. You could also buy a new microwave for $60. This fits into my philosophy of understanding women: girls like new “stuff”. If I really had to trim the face frame I’d use a router. Use your flush trim bit to cut it flat as you describe in #3. Add back in another piece if you want it to be captive, but put it in with a couple small trim screws for later removal.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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bondogaposis

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#4 posted 575 days ago

Yeah, the feet would be the first to go.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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dhazelton

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#5 posted 574 days ago

The feet on microwaves now are four ‘dimples’ stamped into the housing (think my eighties one had rubber feet). I think a big hammer taken to the feet might mess something up. Grinder perhaps? Sounds like a shopping trip may be in order.

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BentheViking

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#6 posted 574 days ago

I should have addressed this in the OP. Feet are a molded part of the metal bottom of the microwave. Can’t beat them in, but could potentially grind them off. Worried to begin with about air circulation so I really don’t like that idea and would much prefer to alter the wood. And she loves the microwave so we are def not changing it to a different one.

I’m still leaning towards the flush trim router idea. I know this is really elementary, but most of my work is done on a table and not by hand, but clockwise or counterclockwise with the router???

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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BentheViking

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#7 posted 574 days ago

I should have addressed this in the OP. Feet are a molded part of the metal bottom of the microwave. Can’t beat them in, but could potentially grind them off. Worried to begin with about air circulation so I really don’t like that idea and would much prefer to alter the wood. And she loves the microwave so we are def not changing it to a different one.

I’m still leaning towards the flush trim router idea. I know this is really elementary, but most of my work is done on a table and not by hand, but clockwise or counterclockwise with the router???

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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BentheViking

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#8 posted 574 days ago

whoops double post

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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KOVA

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#9 posted 567 days ago

Y DESATORNILLARLE SUS PATAS AL MICROONDAS??
AND THEIR LEGS TO MICROWAVE UNSCREW??

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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KOVA

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#10 posted 567 days ago


RASP is an antique:
WITH YOUR ANGLE GRINDER AND one of these discs, those legs OVEN MAY DISAPPEAR IN SECONDS :-)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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thebigvise

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#11 posted 567 days ago

I would do it by hand. I’d start with a reference line drawn or scribed on the front, then come close to it with a coping saw. Finally, I’d use a rasp or Microplane to bring the edge down to the reference line. This approach would add an hour tops, and the risk of really messing up is much lower.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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CueballRosendaul

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#12 posted 566 days ago

Here’s a thought, why not carefully cut out a pair of notches where the feet will pass through, then replace them with a little glue/putty/paint. Grab a coping saw and cut two V shaped notches.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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