Major mistake

I bought a 4' vanity base from a Craigslist ad. It was perfect to replace the "builder grade" crap in the master bedroom and at a really good price. There was a problem, though. When I got it home I discovered it was exactly 48" wide, the exact same width of the area in which it was to reside.
The vanity to replace (since torn out) was at the end of an 8' corridor, with a walk-in closet on the left and the door to the bath on the right. Each of these doors had 3/4" trim, narrowing the maneuvering space to 46-1/2" inches.
Needless to say, something 48" wide would not pass through a 46-1/2" opening!
Plan #1.
Inasmuch as the door trim was not removable without gutting the door, I elected to disassemble the new vanity and reassemble the parts on the other side of the constriction.
I now have a pile of miscellaneous pieces - some broken - that will not go back together for love or money. (One has to press-fit the sides on to various horizontal slots cut on the side pieces. There is no way to perform the pressing, since I can't get to the sides.)
The face of the vanity still looks super, however.
Plan #2 (Pending)
I'll rebuild the freaking "box" out of a generous stack of 1/2" plywood I have in the workshop just waiting for a project. Then I'll attach the front and all should be well.
Maybe. There's still the distinct possibility that I'm cursed.
MORAL: "Measure twice then, er, do something or other."
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wrote:

That's why they sell those 'vanity fronts' and 'sink fronts'.

-snip-
Do you need a 'box' - or just clean up the walls- drop in a bit of a raised floor- and put some 'nailers' up to fasten the front to. [Drawers would complicate things, but are still do-able.]

I would suspect that. God gets even with you storytellers.<g>

Have a bourbon and re-adjust.
Jim
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Jim Elbrecht wrote:

I've got a swell story about a chicken, but I can't pullet.
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Well your mistake was already made...
In the future you now know that it is much easier to remove the door and the door frame and trim from the opening than it is to try and take apart something that was cheaply made... It doesn't sound like you will be able to cobble the original "pieces" of the cabinet back together and have it be square and level...
I would start over with something new, or as you yourself thought of: build the shell of the cabinet with real plywood and buy a face frame to finish it off...
~~ Evan
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Evan wrote:

Yep. That's what I'm doing. I can use the face from the original purchase, and, to my cost, I wasn't aware that the faces were sold individually.
Learn something new every day.
Tomorrow, I plan to learn to hum. Wish me luck.
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