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Microwave under counter in kitchen peninsula...

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I've been building cabinets for my kitchen and I just installed a peninsula. The microwave is going to be under the countertop, in the peninsula. Originally, I was thinking that I'd simply run the microwave cord thru the cabinets to an outlet behind the kitchen sink, but I now realize that that would require an extension cord. Is this a bad idea, that is, having an extension cord that is. more-or-less, permanently in place? If so, what is the correct way to do this? I'd really like to use an existing outlet to power the microwave, since I've done lots and lots of wiring already (there were many electrical problems in this old kitchen) and I don't want to mess with it any more---the walls are all closed up and I'm happy with everything (else) at this point. Thanks.
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It seems this microwave was a known issue from the start (or was it?). Didn't you plan on a circuit and receptacle for it?
If it is in it's own place (as opposed to just sitting on the counter) it really should have a dedicated line. Can't you put a receptacle right behind the unit?
I didn't really think about this until I put the microwave in place (under the cabinet) and found that the built-in cord was too short.

I suppose I could put a receptacle in the cabinet, behind the microwave. What is the proper way to do that? I assume I can't just run Romex thru the back of a cabinet, and even if I could, I wouldn't, since that's what the previous owner had done and I spent a long time removing the mess and running the wire thru the walls. Note that the cabinets form a peninsula, so there is no wall behind the microwave. Thanks.
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