Microwave stand

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Project by linjay posted 10-13-2021 04:28 PM 301 views 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was more challenging than it looks.
I made the front and back like a ladder which was pretty straight forward. The perimeter bars are glued to the legs and fastened with a screw through a pocket drilled hole. Prior to making these ‘ladders’ I dadoed 45 degree slots in the legs for the 12 mm birch plywood shelves. I couldn’t get Baltic birch and had to settle for Chinese birch and was told I wouldn’t know the difference. That turned out to be not true and made the project more time consuming. The difference is the Chinese birch plywood has paper thin veneer on the top layers so there is no sanding allowance. As a result I had to glue this up with all the perimeter bars slightly proud of the plywood surface and be very careful on final sanding.
After making the 2 ‘ladders’ I assembled the 4 plywood shelves into the dadoed grooves in the legs and glued the edges to the front and back perimeter bars to make a total assembly that still required perimeter bars running front to back at each shelf. I made each front to back perimeter bar to fit the space perfectly and glued and screwed them in place. I used scrap to determine the perfect size and then duplicated that dimension on the actual piece for that position. The fit for each bar was within a few thousandths of an inch clearance.
The end result was a really solid assembly. Finishing in satin Varathane (water based) was done by my wife – 3 to 5 coats depending on location.
The bottom section has dividers for a frying pan and cookie sheets.
I made this for my wife’s sister-in-law and when I delivered it she was surprised at the height. I was surprised because she asked for it to be 57” high and I sent her a drawing and 3-D rendition to get her approval because even I was a bit surprised at the height. But it turns out they really like the microwave up that high because it makes it very easy to read the settings. But the toaster on the next shelf down was a bit of a problem and maybe even a bit of a fire hazard, So I have since made them a toaster slide, commonly known as an appliance garage.

-- It's easy when you know how - but that's the hard part. Ontario, Canada

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