This weekend we will be demoing some kitchen cabinets that were built in the late 50's or early 60's. You know the kind; hand built, no screws, just nailed from the wall out.
I am trying to figure out how to save any of them if possible. From what I have read and seen in videos, a recip saw and a big hammer is about the only way to do it. Then there will be nothing left to save.
For those of you that have done this kind of remodel, is there any alternative? What if I used a plug cutter to drill around the nails? I have done this to remove broken screws and it worked great?
I have already warned my friend this is not going to be pretty. I think the work flow is to cut away the face frame and then break out the big hammer. It would be nice to save the lower cabinets because they are all one unit...as are the uppers.
I may not be able to save the trim around the upper cabinets so, that may require some custom milling on the table saw or router, or buy something similar and put it up. The entire kitchen will be painted when the installation is complete.
Here is a picture of the existing cabinets. Base cabinets and three uppers. I built a custom piece for above the refrigerator because their frig is too tall.
New base cabinets will be all drawers on either side of a 36 inch slide in range.
The existing upper cabinets are also about 3-4 inches too low. And my friend is a tall, and somewhat big, guy.
The new uppers are standard 30 inches high. They like that already.
So, what say you on the demo? Everything on that wall is being replaced except for the oven cabinet on the right side of the picture.
Labor? - I have it covered in the bid for whatever it takes to remove those cabinets. I hope to get the new ones installed before we walk out Saturday night.
Note: When all is said and done, new shaker style doors and drawer fronts (and hardware) will go on.
Thanks in advance.