In my rented apartment, there is a cabinet above the stove which cannot be used for storage - the stove exhaust fan is sitting there. The first photo shows the doors closed with an 18" ruler for scale.
Despite the exhaust system, there is a lot of empty space in there. I'd like to put in a shelf to store some less frequently used kitchen equipment. What would be the best method to build such a shelf? The cabinet walls seem to be 3/4" thick.
My first plan is this:
- Start with two pieces of plywood, a "left half" shelf and a "right half" shelf
- Cut a rectangular hole in each piece so that the exhaust duct can pass through the shelf
- Mount each half-shelf with right-angle brackets to the side wall of the cabinet
- Put a full-width edging strip of plywood at the front of the shelf, joining the two half-shelves
My woodworking tools and experience are limited - I'm at the cordless drill and hand saw level.
Is this a good plan? Are there other approaches I should consider? My main worry is whether I can anchor those wall brackets into 3/4" cabinet walls securely.