Modifying an old base cabinet

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Forum topic by jnswhit posted 01-18-2021 02:45 AM 290 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2021 02:45 AM

I am modifying an old base cabinet in my kitchen and adding some drawers. It currently has doors and I would like to modify it, and substitute in drawers. This is going to require making the openings larger and adding some pieces to the face frame. The greatest challenge is in the fact the cabinet is not level anymore. I explored trying to level it, but it is build into the wall and would simply fall apart if I tried. Now to the real question, should I level the drawers and openings or follow the slope of the cabinet? This is about a 1/2” slop in 5 ft. I The top will be shimmed level and the drawers should be easy enough to level, but should I cut out the openings and add in face pieces and make it all level? It most likely will not be that drastic. One other concern I have with hanging the drawer on slides, if they are hung level will they bind. Any thoughts or experienced is appreciated.

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#1 posted 01-18-2021 06:54 AM

If it would fall apart when you try to level it, how is it going to support drawers?

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#2 posted 01-18-2021 02:28 PM

1/2” slope which way?

First thing I would do is check the box for square – side square to the front. The sides need to be parallel or you’ll have big problems. To correct you shim the slides.

The drawers need to be level side to side and front to back. If you try to adapt the slides to the cabinet, you’re heading for problems.

Are the drawer fronts inset or overlay? You can fudge the drawer fronts to make things look right, overlay fronts are the easiest to do.

Why do you need to make the opening larger? Make a filler strip for the slides to mount on that flush with the face frame.

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#3 posted 01-22-2021 06:50 PM

The cabinet is square. The slope is the floor it is anchor to. The opening I plan to make larger is the height because of the need to put a face piece across to separate the two drawers. Inside the cabinet I plan to use plywood on each side to make it flush to the front. You recommend making drawers level front to back and side to side. The drawers will be overlay.

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