Kitchen Shelf: Step By Step #4: Installation

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Blog entry by Greg Guarino posted 05-04-2014 10:04 PM 1757 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Working alone requires a lot of imagination. In this case I had a unit 94” long (and fairly heavy) to mount to a masonry wall.

The original design called for two “support units” with a long slab shelf on top:
Kitchen Shelf Unit: The Plan

I decided to add a 1×4 oak slat under the center section of the main shelf that I would mount to the wall first. I drilled holes in the top of the slat and inserted 4 pieces of 1/4” steel rod that would protrude 3/4”.
The Mounting Board

These mate with holes in the main shelf and end up flush with the top surface. I countersunk the underside of the holes in the shelf and drilled them 5/16” rather than 1/4” so I’d have a prayer of mating the holes and rods, on a ladder holding a unit eight feet long.

This worked surprisingly well. I added two 2×3s to support the shelf at the front, just in case.
Installing the Kitchen Shelf Unit
With the unit secure, I could drill the pilot holes for the masonry anchors. The unit alone must weigh 35 pounds and it will have a fair amount of mostly ceramic stuff on it. I ended up using 9 anchors total.

I still need to cover the screws, but the project is otherwise finished.
Kitchen Shelf Unit: Installed

Kitchen Shelf Unit: Installed


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#1 posted 05-04-2014 10:25 PM

The shelf looks nice. I like your method of mounting it with the steel rods.

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#2 posted 05-04-2014 11:08 PM

As Hak said.

Nice job Greg.

-- Jeff NJ

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