Sunday, December 30, 2012

How to Make Kitchen Cabinet Microwave Plug Hole

Angle drill
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
3/8'' Angle drill
Chuck key

Hole saw kit with 1-1/8 inches
Electrical cords

Willie is a postal employee that travels 360 days a year, and has little time to work on his century old studio cottage in downtown Chino, California. Willie called me to solve a carpentry solution in his kitchen. He had less then ten inches between the refrigerator and the custom kitchen cabinet. His goal was to create a hole into the cabinets for a microwave power cord. The problem was that the microwave was inside the cabinet, and there was no electrical outlet in that cabinet. Seems simple enough but I needed to cut two holes to get the cordage to the outlet.

This post show the five steps to make circular holes.

Step 1: Above fig.1 shows the drill, not an ordinary electric drill there is little space to get a hole under cabinets, this requires a electric powered 3/8'' angle drill with 1-1/8 inches hole saw. With the hole saw attached to the drill using a chuck key to grab the hole saw in its jar measures just under 4 inches, plenty of room to drill into the cabinet from the bottom. An extension cord was used to supply ample power to the angle drill. 
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the end of the microwave plug as a guide to choose which hole saw. Willie wanted the hole just a bit bigger to get the plug in and out.
Fig.2 Close to the same size
Step 3: Fig.3 shows drilling from the bottom helped me to place the hole just two inches from the cabinet. 
Fig.3 Hole underneath
Step 4: Fig.4
show the hole saw plug that came out of the cabinet.
Fig.4 Plug in saw
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the hole
that Willie wanted for his microwave.
Fig.5 The hole is done

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