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Ivan Hass, Seattle, Washington
Bottom Shelf For A Tall Cabinet
2017 Toyota Tacoma
2017 EarthCrusier GZL300
Right inside my doorway is a tall cabinet. The bottom of the door has an electric switch panel. When I open the door, the electric power cord folds out. Items sitting on the cord got dragged along and often fell out.
I needed a way of separating the power cord from the storage space. A shelf that the cord and the back of the switch panel fit underneath would work. Cutting the bottom off the door and having the switch panel not move at all would be ideal.
Bringing small plywood pieces to the door I measured the height the shelf would need to be so that the switch housing would close under it. On the right side of the cabinet the wall is vertical.
The shelf height was determined by the piece of plywood. Next, I scribed and fit a piece of plywood to be the shelf. I held it level and sat it on the small ply piece. That is now the right leg.
The left side of the cabinet curves with the camper’s fiberglass body. The leg would be at an angle. I scribed and fit it, and checked that it all worked.
Then, I glued the three pieces together with a small cleat at the joint. Finally, it was sanded, sealed with shellac, and painted white.
It stops the cord from dragging on items in cabinet.
It fits snug so I haven’t screwed it to the sides. The switch panel still swings out. I’ll use it like this for a while and then decide about cutting off the bottom of the door.
It took me three hours to complete this modification. I had the small pieces from other projects, so it didn’t cost me anything. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is easy.
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