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By SLJ
#1283990
Hi folks.

I have this catering-style sink unit installed (see pic) in my kitchen and was pondering how to cover the open space. At first I thought of putting doors on it, but I don't fancy that as they would be too wide (it's a metre wide, so two doors would be 500mm each). Then I had what I think is a better idea, which would be a plywood box, on runners, that sits on the shelf and slides out like a drawer, with the right hand side just blanked off with another ply panel.

Of course, there's no 'sides', as it's an open design, so my runners would need to be underneath and screwed to the metal shelf (or maybe not. Ideas welcome, obviously!)

Does anyone know of where to find such runners or even what they're called? Or could I use regular drawer ones? Most ones that I've seen assume you're making a drawer in a cabinet with sides and that they will be mounted like that.

Thanks for any pointers.

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By sunnybob
#1284005
With the chances of water splashing being very high, and damaging any wood, I would just get a large plastic storage box with a lid, as sold by ikea and many others.
Lets face it, youll never make that look pretty. :roll: :lol:
By SLJ
#1284008
Well, I would have to respectfully disagree with you there, sir. There's plenty of waterproof varnishes out there, and in fact I've got a two part Sadolin one that I'm using at the minute and it's perfect for the job. Secondly, a birch ply box and panel would look really good, if designed right, especially as my cupboard doors will be birch ply to match. Just needs a bit of imagination and the solving of a couple of technical issues, such as what kind of runners to get.

Thanks for your help, though.
By sunnybob
#1284027
from your pic it appears to be a catering kitchen. If it is, then staff just dont care about splashing, or banging doors shut with their knees and boots :roll:

If thats wrong and you and your family are the only people to use it, then you have a chance. :D
By Doug71
#1284029
You can get base mount ones, Hafele is always good for stuff like that.

https://www.hafele.co.uk/en/product/con ... stSize=118

You can use some of the normal double extension type under a drawer instead of on the sides but the weight they can take is reduced, maybe you could use 3 or 4 of them instead of just 2.
By SLJ
#1284043
Hi. Yes, those look like the right kind of thing. They look like they would still need some sort of 'sides' to mount to, or am I wrong? I'm just trying to get my head around how they mount. Can they literally just be screwed to a horizontal base with nothing around it? There's no reason I couldn't fit some batons or similar if needs be, I suppose. Sorry if I sound stupid! Just making sure before I order any. Thanks.
Last edited by SLJ on 15 May 2019, 12:45, edited 1 time in total.
By SLJ
#1284045
sunnybob wrote:from your pic it appears to be a catering kitchen. If it is, then staff just dont care about splashing, or banging doors shut with their knees and boots :roll:

If thats wrong and you and your family are the only people to use it, then you have a chance. :D


Yes, I could have made that clearer - it's my own domestic kitchen. I bought it because I like the deep sink size and heavy duty construction of it, plus it looks good, apart from the obvious open front issue, which I'm attempting to solve (with help from folks here). It might seem a bit weird, but I like to be different! :)
By sunnybob
#1284048
Definitely different. I assume you live alone? most females would sue for divorce before putting up with that in their kitchen, (hammer)

I have far too much experience with catering equipment, absolutely none with kitchen cupboards, so I'll quit while I'm ahead. 8) 8)
By SLJ
#1284063
Haha. I do, as it happens. Yeah, it's a bit 'industrial', but of course this is why I'm planning to make it look nicer. The ladies will love it when it's finished, I promise you ;)
By sunnybob
#1284103
just short of 50 years of marriage, and 30 years working on commercial and catering equipment, dealing with 100's of women that are always complaining about the equipment in the kitchens they work in :roll: :roll: :D :D :D :D :D
Let me know how you get on. =D> =D>
By Distinterior
#1284109
Due to the nature of what I do for a living,.....I'm not going to say much, apart from I'm with Bob on this one, Sorry SLJ....!

Fine for a Utility Room area, but not something I would ever suggest for a domestic kitchen....!