Originally Posted by whatisacup
Has anyone ever tried getting an old heavy cabinet that they love and using a tool like this to get rid of some weight?
Filing down areas that don't need the support, keeping important areas then adding bracing?
I have thought about it, but haven't done it.
The problem is that in order to really shave off serious weight, You have to route deep. And as said before, You'd want to route close to the edges, which is impossible on a finished cab.
The easiest and cheapest way of reducing the panel weight without compromising the structural integrity that badly would be to cut brazing grooves and use a simple forstner bit to remove some material.
A lot of work for no real weight saving if You ask me though, empty cabs don't weigh that
Except the concrete, granite and soupstone ones, but then You usually don't need to worry about moving 'em either
It becomes entirely different scenario if You're building the cab.
The panels can then be routed precisely and for the best weight/stifness ratio.