How to Build Open Kitchen Shelving
Build open shelving in your kitchen to add extra storage space to store kitchen items or decor.
Measure the window opening to determine measurements of the legs and jambs.
Using 5 1/4 MDF, cut jambs and legs to size of frame-out with a chop saw. Make sure to measure from cut edge to make the frame-out square.
Cut to size the number of jamb legs needed to create the desired amount of shelves. These will be parallel to the legs of the frame-out.
Rip down the 5-1/4 MDF to 4-9/16 with a table saw. Make sure all jamb legs are the same width.
Use a router to round each edge of the jamb legs to create a smooth polished edge.
Measure the piece of stained glass in order to build the frame-out within the shelving unit.
Use 2-1/2" drywall screws to attach all four sides of the frame-out and jamb legs, making sure to pre-drill each hole before screwing together. Once everything is in place, insert the frame-out into window opening.
Using shims, make the frame-out level, and secure it to the wall using a framing nailer with 2" framing nails.
Once leveled, put the pegboard up against the inside of the MDF where the shelves will go.
Drill out the desired amount of holes and the desired width, allowing you to make floating adjustable shelves.
Measure the length of the shelves and cut each shelf to length with a chop saw.
Rip down each shelf with the table saw to mimic the width of the jamb legs, and router each end of the shelf for that smooth, polished look.
Install each shelf at desired level.
For the stained-glass area, add a stopper, using 1/4 round cut to size of window frame. Cut each individual piece using a chop saw.
Find the depth where the stained-glass pane will sit.
Attach one side of the 1/4-round stopper with the finish nailer.
When all four pieces are installed, carefully insert the stained glass into the area. Attach the other side of the stopper on the reverse side of the stained glass to keep it in place.
Remove all the shelves to prime and paint your desired color.
Add some trim around the border of the window, and re-install the shelves.
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