I've got to trim a quarter inch off of the top of a pine cabinet to make
room for a new refrigirator. The cabinet sits above the refrigorator. I've
got the cabinet section off, and before I have at it with my circular saw, I
thought I'd like to hear suggestions on how to make the cleanest cut. I'm
looking for a very straight line, with no chips on the edge of the cut. Just
to make it difficult, I can't find an exact match for the original stain so
it will be difficult to hide any cutting chips or splinters.
I was thinking of using my circular saw with a new blade (what to get?) and
clamp a long level to use as a fence, then pray!
Any suggestions woule be most welcome.
It sounds like you're looking for the safest, surest and cleanest way to
trim it. A circular saw might come out fine, but it makes for a high speed
"oops" if anything goes wrong. Since you have an orginal finish you want to
preserve, I think the safest surest way would be to use a hand plane. It
will definitely give the cleanest edge. It won't take long at all to plane
off a 1/4" on pine.
I had to do the same thing when we bought a new refrigerator. I used the
flush trim method and that worked except I couldn't get to the ends because
the router didn't have enough room. So I finished up on each end with one
of those Japanese pull saws very carefully. It looked very nice and the
only thing I had to finish was the bottom of the cut. Then it wasn't
After I pushed in the new refrigetor no one could see my pains taking work
because the refrigerator sticks out 10" farther than the cabinet. I am 6-3
and I am the only one in our house that can see it when I stand up on my
Probably a trim router (which I don't have...yet) and use two passes.
It has a smaller base and lightweight for maneuverability. Tack,
clamp, or use double-sided carpet tape a straightedge. I think a
circular saw would be a bit awkward to use, unless you have a small
one. If you tape along the "keep" side of the line, that will help
I would use a hand plane, but not just any plane. I would use a long
plane, a jointer or jack plane if you can find it. These planes are
usually about 12 inches long, and can be as long as 20 inches. This
would prevent a problem with the straightness of the line.
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