Make a door support for repurposed microwave cabinet and shelf between existing cabinets.

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    This simple project was not planned but forced due to some others. Managed to build a new overhead cabinets, finish peg boarding remaining walls and some other stuff seemed on thing lead to another. Primarily one being the newly wrapped cross beam. Cabinet on top of the shelf to the far left is an old microwave. When door opens it just cleared the beam in front of it. When I built the cabinet on right I wrapped the beam with leftover material (shown) to cover the metal channel beam.

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    It was a few days later that I tried to open cabinet--OOP’s. Simply didn't register when I wrapped the beam how close that door came to beam when swung down.

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    No help for it, removal not an option, I had to cut out a section of the trim I just added to beam in front of converted microwave cabinet. Added a piece of 1x2 inside the beam to tie the cut face trim. I'll make hangers for the removed piece of face trim just for appearance when not getting into cabinet. I only access this cabinet if I'm lucky couple times a week.


    The whole time I was fixing I kept thinking, too bad that it wasn't 8" lower, because with the door against it, its supported when open verse stretching on the strap or its mounts which I never trusted. Always had to be careful putting stuff in or taking out cabinet not leaning or putting weight on door.


    Actually one of those oops that led to a better solve as it occurred to me I could make a hanger. It would be something I manually had to use-don't want it hanging down but when door open and supported would make use easier.


    Simply bent up a piece of flat bar. I'm seeing, if I new a black smith or had some square stock on hand to try, a nice twisted and forged hanger. But this works. Bent to hang from beam, other end bent to wrap & clear door trim so weight is on flat face. Nice-as I can actually set stuff on the door.

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    And here's my new 'whacked' face trim due to oversight so door clears beam. It also shows what I got side tracked on. While I was on stool doing the whack/cutting my trim, I was looking directly at space between the 2 cabinets at back wall. On top of the cabinet on left is where I store long material etc, cabinet top on right is miter saw and small pieces of molding etc. Between the 2 stuff was always hanging down or falling. Now that I have beam trimmed I 'could' extend or add a shelf between the cabinets.

    So I did. One thing leads to another. Pulled the trim off right cabinet and rear pegboard. I cut the original over hang of right cabinet flush. Then I cut the top back to expose top of cabinet face a few inches so shelf rests on it instead of adding a cleat. There's a 1x in back that pegboards is attached to, & the left side is stapled to beam and cabinet-though Ill probably add a gusset later. Not intended to see any weight but just in case. Reused the removed face trim and retrim cabinet and new shelf.

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    I used some left over ceiling 'tin' to cover under side of shelf. Actually embossed plastic I spray painted with aluminum paint. Really like the look of the 'tin' and does add some light. Adding this shelf or tying the 2 cabinets has been on the round toit forever. Made the oops almost worthwhile. Almost

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    Just hanging... One thing I will do is later weld up a perimeter gusset or "'T" the flat bar so it doesn't flatten out with the weight. For now I just painted. Meantime Ill tighten up the strap so they work in conjunction.

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    Door fully opens with new faced beam, new door support handy, whacked beam trim hanging in place, and new connecting shelf. Had i used 1/4" to face the beam in the first place, or thinking it through- knowing there was an issue with door could have avoided all this. Teach me. Oh well the shelf was on the list so it all worked out.

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