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Good Evening all, 
we just replaced the washer and drier with some new ones on pedestals. The leveling feet are already bottomed out but the units are still about 1/4" too tall to fit under the installed cabinets. The cabinets have a face frame made of alder and I would actually like to trim the cabinet so the washer and drier fit underneath. What's the best way to go about this that would leave a good-straight cut?
I don't have a track saw and the only option I can realistically think of is to mount a piece of wood on the backside of the frame and use it as a guide for a pull-saw or something similar. I know there's oscillating tools, but those always leave really unfinished cuts for me. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

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Screw the feet all the way out of the machines, and shim/wedge as needed.  Our latest washing machine is sitting on two strips of wood for a very similar reason.

If you do decide to cut it, score the line as neatly as you can with a utility knife, and straight edge of some sort, before you cut it any kind of way.

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I like Tom’s idea. If I were a trucker, I’d tell you let a little air out of the dryer;). And if you do decide you have to cut it then, I like your idea using a pull type saw after the score line Tom mentioned. 

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Thanks!
I looked underneath the machines and the bottoms are very uneven and I wouldn't buy myself enough space to avoid cutting the cabinets. 

I'll go ahead and score the cut line and use some sort of flush trim saw and a straight edge guide. 

 

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In a laundry room, I wouldn’t bother trimming out the sides to match. Just lazy on my part. 

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Any possibility of over cutting it, by whatever means, and then coming back over it with an 1/8” veneer piece ?

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6 hours ago, Isaac said:

Any possibility of over cutting it, by whatever means, and then coming back over it with an 1/8” veneer piece ?

not really. The cabinet company has a proprietary stain color and they won't tell me the recipe. I've attempted to replicate it, and have gotten close....but still noticeably different when comparing the two side by side

 

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If you end up with an uneven cut or one you want to cover up, try the veneer idea, but match the appliance color, that should still look good.

If you only have to remove a little bit, then a sander or plane are also options.

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I would raise the cabinets.  If they are already against the ceiling (unlikely, probably trim), take 'em down pull the doors, clamp on a straight edge and use a router and straight bit, put 'em back.  Use your "almost there" stain to color the bottom edge you have trimmed. In that location, close enough may do ya.

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Special secret stain... lol as if i buy from a cabinet company because they have some special color. That's a good one. If anything that's an anti feature. The marketing literature should read "We have stain colors that your wife will want you to match but you'll never be able to get it quite right. Which will lead to endless arguments and divorce." Ok maybe a bit drastic but still that seems foolish how would you color match trim?

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1 hour ago, gee-dub said:

I would raise the cabinets.  If they are already against the ceiling (unlikely, probably trim), take 'em down pull the doors, clamp on a straight edge and use a router and straight bit, put 'em back.  Use your "almost there" stain to color the bottom edge you have trimmed. In that location, close enough may do ya.

I'd go with this...   

Empty the cabinets... remove the screws which hold the cabinets to each other(in the face frame), and then there are going to be a couple screws in the top going into studs.   They're really easy to remove.

We have cabinets above our washer/dryer and they're more annoying than anything.   One big problem they introduce is you can't easily reach behind to shut off the water.   I've been tempted to replace them with shelves.

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Take the cabinets down and trim the top edge then re-install them tight to the ceiling. If you are careful there should be no touch up needed except a little wall paint if it shows with the appliances back in place.

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If the lower cabinet trim is flush with the face frame, you could take the doors off and use a router with a rabbeting bit to create a 1/4" to 1/2" rabbet, then use a flush-trim bit to trim it the rest of the way.  Then you could stain the fresh cut edge to match the cabinet finish.

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On 11/30/2018 at 8:49 AM, Chestnut said:

Special secret stain... lol as if i buy from a cabinet company because they have some special color. That's a good one. If anything that's an anti feature. The marketing literature should read "We have stain colors that your wife will want you to match but you'll never be able to get it quite right. Which will lead to endless arguments and divorce." Ok maybe a bit drastic but still that seems foolish how would you color match trim?

You don't. You go back to them for any and all your needs...

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Dang awesome solution looks awesome in place. Also those laundry machines look WAY to complicated for my liking. I prefer the machines with 1 knob. The computerized ones confuse me as if laundry isn't difficult enough.

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