There is a 20 mm space on either side of our freestanding electric stove between stove and cabinets, do you have any suggestions on how best to fill that in safely? Thank you for your advice
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Let me tag the wonderful @redracer01 to see if he might like to kick off the discussion with his suggestions. (My first thought was that it was a shame you didn't have 20cm rather than 20mm as you could do something like this...) I'm sure @MitchellMc will also be keen to assist when he is back online on Friday. Thanks for your patience in the meantime.
Welcome to Bunnings Workshop. Normally the gap is practical to allow for the ovens air circulation. How ever if you wish to cover this you can easily use a piece of dressed timber painted in high gloss to the same color as your doors and panels. This panel that you will attach to your kitchen will eventually turn yellow and discolor due to the intense heat of the oven when the air blasts out when opening the oven door ( this phenomenon usually takes a couple of years to occur ). You could attach some angled aluminum edging to the panel to protect it from the heat. Below is a drawing of what you could possibly do to cover the gap. I hope the suggestion helps. Perhaps Mitchell might have some other ideas when he returns.
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I would go about it in a different way..
Your cupboards are obviously fixed in place and I'm sure you don't want to move your oven out just to fix a piece of timber to the side of the cabinet..
I would measure the gaps in several places down the gaps just in case there is some variation and then get a couple of pieces of timber such as a standard 70 x 35 DAR Pine and take them to a cabinet maker and ask them to plane down the 35mm.thickness to 1mm thicker than the maximum gaps you have either side of the stove and the cupboards..
Then you can just force the timber in between the gaps..
Is it just a gap between the cabinetry and oven, or is there a gap where the bench meets it also? You might like to post an image so we can get a better idea of the situation. Would closing the 20mm gap completely impede the door from opening, or is it proud of the cabinetry?
I like the idea of using aluminium edging, and you could glue it in place with Liquid Nails clear if moving the oven was an issue. Metal Mate 20 x 12mm x 3m 1.4mm White Powder Coated Aluminium Angle could be an option as it would close the 20mm gap and has a white powder-coated paint finish.
Please let us know how you go and if you have questions.