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wingless' Wall Cabinet to Base Cabinet Conversion


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The recent home remodel project included a new kitchen. 

 

The kitchen layout changed from an ell shape to a u-shape, but the room width was insufficient for the standard base cabinet 24" face to wall depth on one wall.

 

The solution was to use standard 30" tall / 12" deep wall cabinets and construct a base box frame that elevates the top edge from 30" to the standard 34½" base cabinet height. This is the second time / second home, where I implemented this conversion.

 

The box dimensions were set to replicate the standard 4½" tall / 3" deep toe kick across the front.

 

The top and bottom surfaces of a wall cabinet have the perimeter box edge at the full height and the upper and lower panel inset down about 3/4"

 

A 2x6 board was ripped to support that inset bottom panel and a rabbet was cut around the sides and rear perimeter to support the cabinet perimeter. Sets of perpendicular dado cuts were made to clear the central cabinet edges.

 

The toe kick face was covered w/ a ¼" thick full height toe kick finish panel. The side was covered w/ baseboard, wrapped around the corner.

 

There were several 15 ga finish nails added that attach this new box to the cabinet.

 

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