Building a Cabinet Shelf

Learn how to fix a broken shelf with these step-by-step instructions from Don't Sweat It host Steve Watson.


After: Just Like New

After: Just Like New

Materials and Tools:

1 sheet MDF
metal shelf brackets
drill with forstner bits
table saw
measuring tape
circular saw



Before: Broken Cabinet


1. Cut the old shelf in half with the circular saw and remove it from the cabinet.

2. Cut a piece of MDF to fit the cabinet by using the old shelf as a template. Paint as desired and let dry.

3. Drill for the hinges and install the shelf using brackets. Use the router to make some holes to fit if needed.

4. Re-install the door using the existing hardware.

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