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Before starting our kitchen demo, I made a pair of jacks to support the upper cabinets. Please note this design was not my idea. But dang they work great. The cabinet merely sits on the jacks with no wobble or lean. To remove the cabinet, lower the cabinet if needed and slide the jack assembly in the track thereby literally moving the entire cabinet (42 inches wide) to the edge of the base cabinet. That made it easy to get a good hand hold and haul it away.

I can only assume installation will be the same process in reverse.

Full credit for this jack design goes to Greg Soper. Here is an article about the jacks and the man that designed them.

Here are a few pics. I used scrap plywood and screws to make the jacks. It only took a couple of hours. Some of that was spent trying to figure out how to shim the pieces so the pipe would fit nicely.

So, a 42 inch cabinet can be positioned with the simple turn of the hand wheels. Easy peasey.

Hope you find this info helpful.
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Very good idea . It never occurred to me that anyone even thought of that idea as I always assumed cupboards were guided on a board that was temporarily mounted on the wall .
I'm liking the jack idea though

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I used a ledger board nailed to the wall to install my last set of top cupboards which took about 90% of the work out of holding them up. Those look like they would take care of 100%. Good idea.

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Mike that's a great idea. There is a neat tool for installing the new ones called the 'Cabinet Claw' you might want to take a look at. I bought a set when we installed mine and they almost turn hanging them into a one man job....... almost. The neat thing about them is they align the face frames and the sides at the same time, plus provide a drill guide, and a way to shoot the screw without releasing the clamp.

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Pony 8510BP Cabinet Claw, 2-Pack - Hand Screw Clamps - Amazon.com
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Mike that's a great idea. There is a neat tool for installing the new ones called the 'Cabinet Claw' you might want to take a look at. I bought a set when we installed mine and they almost turn hanging them into a one man job....... almost. The neat thing about them is they align the face frames and the sides at the same time, plus provide a drill guide, and a way to shoot the screw without releasing the clamp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW63p49jkoU

Pony 8510BP Cabinet Claw, 2-Pack - Hand Screw Clamps - Amazon.com
ie=UTF8&qid=1407305141&sr=1-1&keywords=cabinet+claw

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Thanks. I have seen those before. I added them to my wish list.

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Mike , that is a neat and more efficient method. I like it and will incorporate it in my work.
Thanks again.
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Cool ... thanks for sharing, Mike.

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That is really neat and provides very precise adjustment of height. I like.

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