A stand mixer is a vital tool in the kitchen but can contribute to crowding on your counter top. Installing a shelf mixer in a cabinet below the counter top is a smart way to fix the problem. This weekend project will allow you to have easy access to your mixer without taking up space on your counter. You can also use the shelf lift for other small appliances such as blenders and food processors.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- 4 feet of 1-by-6-inch pine board
- Table saw
- 6 wood screws, 1 1/2 inch
- Permanent marker
- 3/32-inch drill bit
- Mixer shelf lift bracket
- 24 wood screws, 3/4 inch
- 3/4-inch medium density fiberboard (MDF)
- 24 wood screws, 1/2 inch
Cut two 24-inch pieces of 1-by-6-inch pine board. Sand rough edges with sandpaper. For this example, we will be working with cabinets 14 inches wide and 24 inches deep.
Butt one of the 24-inch pine pieces with the underside of the counter top so it runs the depth of the cabinet on the left side. Secure the pine to the cabinet with 1 1/2-inch wood screws at 6, 12 and 18 inches. Repeat on the right side of the cabinet with the remaining pine piece.
Measure down from the underside of the cabinet 4 1/2 inches and make a mark on the left side pine piece 3/8 inch in from the face of the cabinet. Measure down 4 1/2 inches and make a mark on the pine piece 11 3/8 inches from the face of the cabinet, going toward the back of the cabinet. Place a level between both marks; make a line between the two marks using the level to make sure the line is straight. Repeat the process on the right side.
Use a 3/32-inch drill bit to pre-drill holes at the marks you made on the pine boards. Drill the holes 1/2 inch deep.
Align the middle holes of the shelf lift bracket with the pre-drilled holes in the pine board. Use 3/4-inch wood screws to attach the bracket to the pine board. Drill screws through the remaining holes in the bracket. Repeat for the other pine board and bracket.
Measure the distance between the two brackets. Take this measurement and subtract 1 1/4 inch. For the example cabinet, the measurement between the brackets is 12 inches. If you subtract 1 1/4 inches, you get 10 3/4 inches. This measurement will be the width of the shelf for your mixer.
Cut a piece of 3/4-inch MDF to 10 3/4 inches wide and 20 1/2 inches deep. Do not sand the MDF because it is not wood but a composite material. This will be your shelf.
Place the shelf onto the brackets of the lift. Line the shelf up with the brackets. Use 24 1/2-inch wood screws to attach the shelf to the brackets from the underside of the bracket. Attach the screws in alternating order, by attaching a screw to the right bracket then left bracket until you attach all of the screws.
Check to see if lift operates properly. Place mixer on the shelf.
Tips and warnings
- Use proper precautions when operating power tools.
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