To cut an armoire in half

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Posted by: from Ottawa
8/17/2012 at 4:03:21 PM

I am trying to move my armoire upstairs and it is too big. I have heard that a finish carpenter may be able to cut it in half and then re-attach it once it is upstairs.

Is this a good idea? Any other suggestions?

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Bertram from TASCH - GROUP in MISSION
Date/Time8/17/2012 at 5:54:04 PM

Hi Maria,

I suggest first to try a carpenter who is able to do this and let him cut the armoire. Otherwise he would probably say you did it wrong, therefore he can't refute it properly. ☺


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Date/Time8/17/2012 at 6:33:44 PM

Hello Maria

Another option is to have a finishing carpenter remove any drawers and doors and then loosen the glue joints between the gables and the top and bottom. Then knock it apart and remove any screws or nails on the cabinet so it can be disassembled into pieces.

This way you can take the cabinet up the stairs in the pieces it was originally manufactured in and then reassemble it with glue and screws once it is in the new location. Much less mess and a better final product in my opinion.

Good luck


Red Hill Renovations

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Steve from OMC Contracting in Kitchener
Date/Time8/17/2012 at 6:43:05 PM

Good lack attaching it back, I spend 35 years in the store fixture industry with business 5th biggest in the country and never herd cutting armorer and re attaching it back. Where ever You cut the unit and try to glue it back it is going to show, probably there is something that could be done, but not cutting.



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Date/Time8/17/2012 at 7:11:08 PM

Usually not a good idea. However you need to have someone come in and look at how it is built, to see if it's even possible. Without looking like it was cut in half, that is.

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Date/Time8/17/2012 at 7:39:02 PM

Hi There:

As a carpenter, I would advise you not to do that as you will compromise the entire unit. You can put it together to some degree but it will never be the same as factory built. Maybe check to see if the unit can be dismantled in certain sections where it was put together originally.

If you were to cut it in half (worst case scenario) does the carpenter have an area where he could in some respect perform the repairs. These types of repairs may require sanding, gluing, spraying refinishing depending on the finish and/or painting. These types of repairs can be overwhelming inside a bedroom. If you choose this path, then my recommendation is that you find yourself a furniture repair person to perform the actual final repairs of your unit but have someone that knows this repair come and have a look at it first.

Good luck to you whatever your decision is.


KDL Carpentry Limited

Vancouver, BC.

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SVS General Contracting in Conklin
Date/Time8/17/2012 at 10:22:21 PM

The first thing to do is see what it is made of if it is solid wood then it is worth the effort to have it dismantled and put back together as was suggested before my post. if it is made of an mdf or a press board and veneered then you may want to try something else or have one custom made for the new spot.

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David from Chetco Homes in Fort Erie
Date/Time8/22/2012 at 10:01:07 AM

Wow sounds like a problem. It could be cut in half. But it would take a good trim carpenter or a cabinet maker to repair it on site. You might think about taking it to a cabinet maker or a wood working shop. Maybe your locale school has a woodworking shop that my take on the project.

Hope this helps


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