Originally Posted by sequoyah101
1. I used cabinet grade plywood. The lightweight stuff the AS uses won't hold screws very well. 1/2" should be fine but AS uses 3/4". I'l use cabinet grade again if I ever take out the rest of the stuff or remodel the kitchen.
I used welded aluminum framing to make up for some of the weight difference and faced it with 1/4" for large panels. The aluminum is so light you can easily pick up a whole twin bed frame with one hand and it is very strong.
2. L brackets made from aluminum angle and riveted in place of screwed with self tappers for sheet metal. I've used lath screws with broad heads. These seem to work as well or better than what AS used to fasten things in place such as the corner cabinets I took out and the angle bracket to support the bed and futon that I also took out.
When you mark the cuts make yourself a large scribe and put a level on it so it will stay parallel to the floor as you make your marks.
Best of success.
Excellent, thank you for the reply. Did you do the aluminum welding yourself? I have minimal experience at welding and that was all under water.
Otherwise that sounds like an interesting idea. I was thinking to make new cabinets but with my time frame I may try to salvage the existing ones for now. However I am making new walls.
I have been order happy on Amazon and Home Depot lately. It's costing a pretty penny but down the road I should make a tidy profit, should I decide to sell. The idea is to live in it while going to school and then as a base of operations to build a house when I get some land.