Rebuilding Existing Cabinets
As far as taking apart the doors, be careful. What happens if you break them? Who is responsible, and are you charging for this liability? Again, when you consider all the time and energy, it may be easier to make new.
From contributor B:
I'd tell them, "Thank you for your interest, however I'm not interested in wasting my time and your money."
From contributor C:
Bid the job two ways:
One to "fix it"
One to "replace it"
Make the "fix it" one the same as the "replace it" one and leave it at that.
From contributor D:
You could certainly make the doors narrower by ripping them just inside the stile on the table saw and then sliding out the panel, cutting two inches off of it and then shortening the rails. The problems you will run into is that you will need to have a shaper set up to replicate the panel, rail and stile profiles - provided you have cutters in the exact profile that the original doormaker used.
Then, unless they are only clear-coated, you will need to get the stain matched, blend in the raw parts to match the rest of the door, and re-spray it to a uniform finish, hopefully without getting fisheye or adhesion problems from whatever products they have used to clean them over the years. Then you need to make sure the sheen is the same as the sheen of the existing cabinets or they will stick out like a sore thumb even if everything else is dead on. I would tell them they either need to reface the kitchen, replace the kitchen, or have the cabinets painted when you are done with the refab job.
From contributor E:
I tried the rebuilding of cabinets on one job, and it took longer than to replace them. When someone asks me now to do that, I simply say it is cheaper to replace. Beside, you are no longer wedded to the existing layout. You can change the arrangement, add a drawer bank, etc.
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