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#223016 8-Sep-2017 11:10
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So my mother's wall oven has died; the problem is it's from the '90s, and is somewhat larger than the current standard size (in both height and width).

 

This means the hole in the kitchen panel it's inserted into is too large, so I'm assuming the easiest/neatest way of sorting this is to replace the relevant panel, as shown in the photo:

 

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What are my best options to achieve this? Would this be a standard panel that kitchen shops would stock, or would I be able to get such a shop to custom-make me one? (The colour of melteca would need to be close, at least.) Or would I need to go to a cabinet maker or similar to get the job done?

 

I'm in Palmerston North - can anyone recommend any particular place that'll do it relatively quickly and at a not too bad a price? (My mother will be without an oven until this is fixed.)

 

Thanks.


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  #1860767 8-Sep-2017 11:35
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Yes, replacing the front panel is probably the cleanest way,

 

But you will also probably find that the Oven is sitting in some sort of frame (likely MDF or similar) that is behind the front panel,

 

You will need to find some appropriate packing to make the new oven stable,

 

You could go to a kitchen store, or cabinet makers, but a decent timber store will also probably be able to help you,

 

Even a Mitre 10 or Bunnings should be able to sell and cut you a piece to do that job,,,

 

 


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Have you checked the dimensions of the new oven relative to the void that your exiting oven/faceplate sits in?

 

The 'normal' way to do things now is have a box just big enough for the oven, and not having a faceplate. So I wonder if your new bigger oven will fill the space and there will be no gaps, with no need for a faceplate?

 

If you do need another faceplate, then bear in mind that you'll want all exterior edges of the board covered by plastic edge (edge banding), which means that you can't just buy a board and cut it. However, if the faceplate is a standard size (externally) then you may be able to buy it as a standard item from Bunnings/M10. From then you would use a jigsaw to cut a hole in the board - any joiner/builder/handyman can do that for you.

 

Again if you let us know the external dimension of the existing faceplate then we can give you an idea.


 
 
 
 




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  #1860941 8-Sep-2017 14:28
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Thanks for the feedback thus far.

 

Sorry, I don't have the measurements on me, but I can find them out next time I'm visiting my mother. Once I've done that I can also follow up on your idea to see if the panel is a standard sized one stocked by M10 etc; yes, it'll certainly need the plastic edging in place, but cutting the hole in it to fit the oven shouldn't be an issue.

 

Note: it's the other way around, in that the new oven is (well, the external dimensions of it) quite a bit smaller than the one it replaces - by about 70 or so mms in both height and width. As such, I'm not sure if it's a standard size panel (current oven is something like 670mm wide, so current panel must be something over 700mm).

 

If the new oven had been larger there'd had been the potential to expand the size of the 'hole' in the front panel; equally, if the new oven had been smaller solely in terms of height I could have gone for an inserted panel at the top above the oven. However, as it's both narrower and shorter it's going to look weird unless the whole panel is replaced.

 

In terms of the size of the void, and how (if at all) the existing oven is boxed in, I'll have a better idea once the oven's removed on Monday.

 

I've been quoted $322 for a replacement panel (including installation) by a kitchen shop, which certainly doesn't seem a bargain!


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$322 doesn't surprise - you'll struggle to find a place that wants that kind of work


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  #1860962 8-Sep-2017 15:16
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$322 seems fine given the probably have to measure, custom build including color matching, fit, and redo if they get it wrong. Think of how much time this would take if you had to find another vendor, project manage, chase people, etc. Even if a cheaper version is available for $100 what's your time worth?


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