Here is a project which I had been putting off until I had the cash to buy all the stock for building a complete set of kitchen cabinets. As you can see it is a somewhat simple set of shelves that will go at the end of a cabinet run on the back & side to gain roughly 78” of cabinets including a refrigerator and allow the refrigerator to be recessed about 5 ½ “ to keep the counter as flush to the refrigerator as possible. The shorter shelf will hide the side of the refrigerator and face the dining area. The photos are of course the shelf sides and tops all cut to size with a rabbit to accept the backs of the book cases. When I cut the side pieces I ended up with the last piece being only 11” but the actual depth of each shelf is 11 ¾ “so what I decided to do was take a 1” piece of solid paint grade maple which I have a fair amount of left over from other projects and join it to the front edge of all the plywood with a tong and groove joint. I am doing this for two reasons. 1. Save me from have to spend another hundred dollars on more plywood. 2. It will add strength to the edge of the shelf walls and shelves them self, due to it being a traffic area I felt plywood can become damaged more easily then the solid wood and also repair would be easier if damage did occur. The drawing was done in sketch up but is only conceptual and not to scale. I have to make some kind of jig to allow me to route perfectly parallel dado’s that will accept the shelves then I will move on to sanding and filling any imperfections. The finish will be a semi-gloss paint I would appreciate hearing about any jigs or tips you may have built for this type of project.
Thanks for looking
Photo update: 08/08/2010