We're in the process of installing a wet bar with cabinets and a bar fridge. Pictured below:

Cabinet setup

We have the bar fridge going into this middle section and utilizing the other available outlet. My question for you is - what would a pro do in this scenario to manage the cables?

My first thought would be to drill a square hole on the outside of the left cabinet to fit the plug for the surge protector back through and re-plug into the wall. I'm not concerned with making a small hole on the side of the cabinet, since it will be concealed by the fridge.

More or less, how would you go about hiding the cable so it's not going around to the front of the cabinet? Thanks in advance for the help!

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    Do you have budget to add an outlet in the back of the cabinet? A good electrician could almost certainly do it without drywall damage. Commented Jan 20, 2022 at 18:07
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    Consider swapping the cabinet and the fridge. One hole in the back of the cabinet for the outlet to remain accessible, one hole in the side for the fridge's cord to come through.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Jan 20, 2022 at 18:13
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    @FreeMan Looks like the baseboard was cut to fit that gap, so you'd have to move the baseboard as well. My recommendation is get a power strip with a flat-sitting plug so you can get the fridge as far back as possible and put a 2" hole toward the back of the cabinet and run the cable through there.
    – tnknepp
    Commented Jan 20, 2022 at 18:18
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    Good spot, @tnknepp. Looks to me like it was cut short of the cabinet on the right, but it appears to me that it runs behind the cabinet on the left. Hard to tell for sure from this angle. Either way, nobody's going to see the baseboard behind cabinets/fridges, so it really doesn't need to be there at all. Though it does give 3/4" or so of clearance for a power plug.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Jan 20, 2022 at 18:22
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    For better or worse, @Tetsujin, most people aren't you... ;)
    – FreeMan
    Commented Jan 20, 2022 at 19:22

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Usually a hole saw hole big enough to pass the plug through - round holes are easy, square holes are slow/difficult. Trim optional (it's the back of the cabinet, only your nosy parent-in-law would ever look back there) but available if you want a nicer look for prying eyes.

  • Thanks! I'm just going to go the route of drilling a hole through the cabinet side, since they're already installed and mounted on the wall. Spade bits for the win!
    – Franchise
    Commented Jan 20, 2022 at 19:27
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    When using a spade bit, start on the side that should look nice. They tend to blow out the back of the hole in a messy fashion. Commented Jan 21, 2022 at 1:22
  • You can do the same as you would with an auger or holesaw (when looking for nicer on both sides) and change to the other side as soon as the center point comes through
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Jan 21, 2022 at 13:05

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