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97: Utilitarian Fridge Shelf

The empty fridge, absent a long lost shelf.
The empty fridge, absent a long lost shelf.

As I’ve written about before,¬†even when there’s not much creativity involved, the laser platform allows for all sorts of functional usefulness. In this case, local friend Brenn once again provides a fun project: replacing a lost wire shelf in his mini fridge.

We measured the space and cut a prototype out of cardboard. It’s a good thing we did; we overlooked a small gap of extra space on the left side where a key on the shelf would slot in, so the second cardboard prototype (pictured) had the key built into the side.

The second cardboard prototype added a small key on the end to fit the space better.
The second cardboard prototype added a small key on the end to fit the space better.

The cardboard also helped Brenn and I realize that the initial material we’d chosen wouldn’t be thick enough for the space. Thankfully, I do keep some 1/4″ thick acrylic around, but unfortunately the only color I had on hand was black.

A snug fit, allowing Brenn to better utilize what little space is inside.
A snug fit, allowing Brenn to better utilize what little space is inside.

Still, with the shape measured twice and cut thrice, the final black shelf fit in just fine! We discussed cutting out a “grill” of holes in the center of the acrylic to make it look a little more at home, but the extra time spent cutting that entirely decorative element would have increased the price too much for such a simple project.

Brenn hasn’t had the fridge set back up long enough for us to know whether the frigid temperature is going to be an issue with the acrylic, but I don’t foresee any issues!

A close up of the keyed shelf edge.
A close up of the keyed shelf edge.