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shelf pin problem

Jim Member

Got a large open shelving cabinet (no doors) and one of the line bores is off a BIG sixteenth. Has anybody seen or heard of shelf pins that are not concentric with the hole? Maybe one you could turn a little bit to make up for the alignment mistake?
Or any ideas for a fix. Thanks.

4/17/17       #2: shelf pin problem ...
Josh Koschak Member

Could you make a matching interior wall to reskin the existing out of 1/4" mdf core plywood?

4/17/17       #3: shelf pin problem ...
Mike Member

Could you plug the holes and re-drill by hand and use the metal sleeve supports to hide the plug line?

4/17/17       #4: shelf pin problem ...
Alan F.

Rabbet or groove one end of the shelf so it drops down 1/8", do the same on the other end for 1/16", use the round pins

4/17/17       #5: shelf pin problem ...

Closest I know of is the using the basic pins with a flat support surface. I've had a cabinet or two that was off a little in the old days and found by turning one of the pins upside down, or if really bad two opposite corners, they would just make up for a little drilling error.

Not ideal and wouldn't want to do it on a nice piece, but it can work in a pinch.

good luck,

4/17/17       #6: shelf pin problem ...

Jeff is talking about the metal spoon style pins. They were the typical ones for face frame cabinets. Normally 1/4". They are also available in 5mm. They suit your problem.

4/17/17       #7: shelf pin problem ...
Leo G

What about putting a small dado in the shelf that takes up the space of the offset of the pin. That assumes the pin is high by a big 1/16" and not low.

4/17/17       #8: shelf pin problem ...
Hen Bob Member

I 2nd JeffD, or Alan and Leo's response if you can

4/17/17       #9: shelf pin problem ...
Mark V.


this is what you are looking for?

4/17/17       #10: shelf pin problem ...
Matt Calnen

I have had that problem once. I solved it by using the "L" shaped shelf pins and bending the part the shelf rests on up a little on the two low holes. I call it Irish-American engineering. From that day on I always double check my machine.

4/18/17       #11: shelf pin problem ...
Rich Kuban Member


JeffD's answer has worked for me. Additionally, you could try some different clear adhesive door bumpers to find the best thickness to handle the gap on the low corner.

4/18/17       #12: shelf pin problem ...

I haven't used these and they are available from different sources.

4/18/17       #13: shelf pin problem ...
Jim Member

Thanks for all the responses.
I guess sometimes your just to close to the problem to see the solution.
I was already using the metal spoon type pins. Turned 2 of them over on opposite corners and problem solved. And it's not even noticeable that they are turned over.
Thanks to all.

4/20/17       #14: shelf pin problem ...
Bruce H

I likes Hen Bob and Richard's eccentric shelf pins. Didn't know they were available. Good find guys.

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