How to Fix Kitchen Cupboards

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How to Fix Kitchen Cupboards
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Kitchen cupboards, or cabinets, store pots, pans, dishes, silverware and nonperishable foods. Cabinets provide maximum convenience and storage capacity, and they are composed of laminates, painted particleboard, fine hardwoods and other materials. Extreme wear and tear on kitchen cabinets may cause them to eventually dent in, producing unsightly holes in the wood. If replacing a damaged kitchen cabinet is not an option, you can repair the damaged section with the right tools and materials.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Rotary tool
  • Carpenter's glue
  • Clamp
  • Acetone-based wood filler
  • Medium-grade sandpaper
  • Measuring tape
  • Birch plywood panel
  • Saw
  • Flexible sticks

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove all loose and broken pieces from the cabinet. Save these broken cabinet pieces.

  2. 2

    Grind around the edges of the broken cabinet pieces using a rotary tool, smoothing any rough or jagged sections. Use the rotary tool to grind around the edges of holes in the cabinet as well.

  3. 3

    Fit the broken cabinet pieces into the holes in the cabinet to ensure they go together properly. Remove the broken pieces and apply carpenter's glue around their edges.

  4. 4

    Insert the broken pieces into the holes in the cabinet. Fit each broken piece in place, like a puzzle.

  5. 5

    Align a clamp at a 90-degree angle over the corner of the cabinet. Tighten the clamp to hold the freshly glued pieces in place.

  6. 6

    Allow the glue to dry for 48 hours. Remove the clamp from the cabinet.

  7. 7

    Apply acetone-based wood filler over any visible cracks and gaps on the cabinet. Wood filler is effective at concealing wood repairs.

  8. 8

    Allow the wood filler to completely dry. Once the wood filler turns a chalky white colour, sand off the excess residue with medium-grade sandpaper.

  9. 9

    Measure the inside of the damaged cabinet panel with measuring tape. Cut a piece of birch plywood panel with a saw to match the measurements of the interior cabinet panel.

  10. 10

    Apply carpenter's glue liberally to the back of the birch plywood panel. Attach the birch plywood panel to the inside of the repaired cabinet panel.

  11. 11

    Wedge flexible sticks up against the freshly glued birch plywood panel. Remove the flexible sticks after 48 hours, or when the glue is completely dry.

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