This is my first Instructable so all comments and critiquing are welcome! I'd really appreciate your vote in the First Time Instructable Contest :-) Happy reading
Step 1: Tools and Parts
Cross head screwdriver
General purpose saw
Sheet of 6mm MDF
25mm countersunk general purpose screws
3 x fixing blocks
Step 2: Plan It!
The height of the new shelf is 16cm above the base of the cupboard. This allows sufficient room to access specific items. I found it quite amusing measuring Passata, Baked Beans and Peanut Butter containers!!
The original shelf is 28cm above the new shelf which leaves plenty of head room to double stack items such as chopped tomatoes, baked beans and bags of pulses (and whatever else is capable of double stacking!!).
Keeping the new shelf low down also means that i can re-jig the shelves above/add another shelf in future.
Step 3: Cupboard Preparation
You are now left with an empty cupboard.
Step 4: Measure Height of New Shelf
Once the inside of the cupboard has been marked, use a spirit level to draw a straight line through the marks, on which you will attach your fixing block.
Step 5: Attaching Fixing Blocks
Screw the fixing blocks into the cupboard using the 25mm countersunk screws and cross head screwdriver. If yours need a pilot drilled, then use a pencil to mark exactly where you need it drilled.
You should be left with three sturdy and level fixing blocks inside the cupboard at the end of this step.
Rub out excess pencil marks.
Step 6: Meauring and Cutting the Shelf
Place the existing shelf on your MDF sheet, ensure it is square and mark the outline with your pencil.
Once you are satisfied, begin to cut out the new shelf with your saw
A note.feom experience: ALWAYS MEASURE TWICE OR MORE! YOU CAN'T ADD THE MATERIAL BACK ONCE IT HAS BEEN CUT!
Step 7: The Finished Article
Bask in the neatness compared to the mess it was before and begin planning the next cupboard to be improved.....
Step 8: Update
Thanks for reading.