It’s easy to customize this catchall shelf to fit your
cabinet doors.Measure the opening of your cabinet
(not the door!) and plug your numbers into
the Cutting List below. The shelf unit clears the
opening by 1/4-in. on all sides.
You can mount this shelf on a cabinet door
made of plywood or a door with a raised panel.
Solid mounting strips get screwed into the stiles of
the door, not the thinner panel.
If you have small
children, be sure that
cleaning products and
other toxic substances
have child-proof latches
- Eight 1-1/4" #8 Oval-Head Wood Screws
- Eight 3/4" #8 Oval-Head Wood Screws
- 16 Finish Washers
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1. Cut two pairs of 3/4-in.-wide, 1/4-in.-deep
dadoes in the sides; a pair for the two shelves
and a pair for the mounting strips. Line up the
mounting-strip dado with the shelf dado.
2. Slip the shelves into their dadoes. First drill
holes for the mounting screws 3/8-in. from the
end of the mounting strips. Glue the mounting
strips to the shelves. Drill pilot holes in the sides
and fasten the shelves with long screws.
3. Fasten the rails to the front of the shelves
with short screws. Finish washers save you the
trouble of perfectly countersinking each hole!
4. Clamp and screw the
shelves to your door, using
3/4-in. screws and finish
washers.You may need to add a
third hinge and a magnetic
catch if the weight of the
loaded shelves prevents the
door from closing easily.