DYI backstop for storage space above microwave

LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,519Member ✭✭✭✭✭
If you've ever tried to store something above your microwave, and then had it fall down behind the microwave where you can't reach it, this DIY is for you.  You can install a backstop and turn that area into useful storage space.

Difficulty: Easy
Time:  90 minutes
Cost:  $10 if you buy new lumber
Fits:  Many large Rinker cruisers such as 2007 Rinker 370

Here's the space I'm talking about:

Warning/guarantee:  I did not use pretty lumber.  On my boat, you can't see this mod unless you are 7 feet tall and you go looking for it.  If yours is easier to see, you might want to at least throw a coat of stain on it.

You'll need three boards:
  • Backstop:  Pine 1x6 (I used a 6" deck board), cut 31.25" long
  • Sidestop:  Pine 2x3 cut 7.75" long
  • Screw plate:  Pine 2x4 cut 24" to 28" long
You'll also need:
  • 2.5" construction screws
  • 2" construction screws
  • cordless drill
  • hand saw 
  • pencil
On each end of the backstop, cut the notches as shown.  On one corner of the sidestop, cut off a 45-degree triangle about 1.25" wide.  

To remove the microwave, remove the eight screws from the underside of the cabinet.  Then slide out the microwave (still attached to the wood panel under it), and set it on counter.  Unplug the microwave and move it out of the way.

Use two 2.5" screws to attach the sidestop to the backstop.  Do not attach the screw plate yet.

Push the assembly up into the cabinet space with the sidestop on the right side.  The sidestop will slide up on top of the shelf, and the backstop will hang down a couple inches below the bottom of the shelf.  If it doesn't fit, you might have to make a bigger corner cutoff on the sidestop.

While holding the assembly in place, mark a line along the backstop where it meets the underside of the shelf.  This is where you will attach the screw plate.

Remove the assembly from the cabinet, and use 2.5" screws to attach the screw plate to the backstop.  

Get four 2" screws (NOT 2.5" screws) and screw them partway into the bottom of the screw plate.  These are the screws that will hold the assembly to the underside of the shelf.  Put the assembly in place inside the cabinet, hold it in place, and screw those four screws the rest of the way in.

Reinstall the microwave, and you are done.


  • Handymans342Handymans342 Posts: 7,515Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    This must only be on your style boat LR
  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,519Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    It would be interesting to know which other models have this or something similar.  @Dream_Inn said his 2008 400 has it, as well as the 2005-6 270 (probably slightly different).  I'm not sure which others have it.  The older 342s are different.
  • Michael TMichael T Posts: 6,664Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    The EC 310 and EC 360 went right to the back wall....but I like your mod @LaRea
  • Handymans342Handymans342 Posts: 7,515Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2016
    342s do not. I know because I have never lost my bag of weed up there. LOL
  • Michael TMichael T Posts: 6,664Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Steve, NOW I know why you can blow a wad of $$$$$$ on a fancy waterfront home in Cape Coral and a 30K boat lift.....and you call other guys out for being rich when you're the cartel man! Remind us not to cheese you off. I don't want your homies using me for AK47 target practice!
  • Handymans342Handymans342 Posts: 7,515Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Good grief MT
  • Michael TMichael T Posts: 6,664Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Steve, you start 99% of this stuff....you give lots of shots - you have to take some back, right? Hopefully you see it as good old boy fun. At least that's what I have been assuming all these years!
  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDPosts: 5,356Member, Moderator mod
    Nice Mod @LaRea !  Very good pictures of the assembly.  I'll have to take a better look at mine to see how much gap is in there.  From the day we bought the boat, I just told the admiral she can't put stuff up there.  Now I'll have to see if I actually want her to put anything up there :)

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

  • 06Rinker27006Rinker270 Washington, DCPosts: 1,196Member ✭✭✭
    06 270 has the gap but not as big.  Things could still be lost.  

    Speaking of drugs on a boat.  After buying my first boat I was going through all the stowaways and found the PO dirt weed stash.  I really was not happy as I could have gotten in some serious trouble.  Also crossed state lines.    
    06 Rinker 270
  • Cableguy GregCableguy Greg Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 3,939Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    I am not sure how big the gap is on the 280EC, but I store rolled up towels up there. They are nice and snug, so they won't fall behind the microwave.
    2008 280 Express Cruiser, 6.2MPI, B3, Pittsburgh, PA "Blue Ayes"
    Go Steelers!!!
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