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Old 02-25-2011, 10:29 PM   #1
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Default How do I make this shelf more sturdy?

It bows in the middle from front to back because I don't think it was made to hold as many bottles as I want it to hold. Thoughts?



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Old 02-25-2011, 10:38 PM   #2
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What kind of tools do you have?

Are the supports on the sides strong enough to hold?


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Old 02-25-2011, 10:39 PM   #3
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Drink some of the beers sitting on it.
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I had a similar problem in one of my mini fridges. I took a piece of thin ply and cut it to the same size as the shelf. It distributes the weight better.
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I had a similar problem in one of my mini fridges. I took a piece of thin ply and cut it to the same size as the shelf. It distributes the weight better.
Did you do anything regarding air flow? That was my first, or I guess second thought but wondered about air circulation.
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no, didn't bother messing with air flow and it didn't seem to change the cooling properties of the fridge much. The coils were in the sides around the entire unit, there's not really any airflow in there when the door is closed so I don't know why it would make much difference. If it did, some small holes could be drilled through the ply to allow air to pass - but I didn't see any need for that.
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btw, I appreciated your first thought - I'd like to volunteer to help out with that effort.
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I had a similar problem in one of my mini fridges. I took a piece of thin ply and cut it to the same size as the shelf. It distributes the weight better.
That was my first thought. The issue is air flow on this unit. The air is pushed from a fan in the top and it would cut the flow to the bottom.

As far as tools go, I have enough to drill holes and cut things. There's no room to brace from the bottom or I'd just put a 2x4 support in there. Maybe a thin metal pole with a cross brace could work. It'd just be a pain with the kegs situated the way they are.
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Zip tie a piece of tube (EMT would work) to the cross wire in the middle of the shelf. If you want to make it even sturdier, zip tie another piece right along the front lip.


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