Custom Add-On FE drawers

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Project by PurpLev posted 07-29-2013 08:18 PM 3039 views 12 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the type of project that got me started in woodworking. we have deep cabinets in the kitchen and anything inside is usually hard to get to so I build some (12) full extension drawers to replace the standard pinned shelves for easier access to everything inside.

  • fully constructed of birch plywood (1/2” bottom, and 3/4” for sides cause that’s what I had at hand – otherwise I would go with 1/2” for sides as well).
  • pocket screws construction for the purpose of being able to take this apart when we move and recycle materials for something else.
  • finger slots in the front for easy access/handling
  • full extension 100lbs capacity slides

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 08:24 PM

Very nice addition to your cabinets, Sharon. If my wife sees this, I know what my next project will be. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 08:24 PM

These are so useful! I totally understand “losing’ something in the back of a cabinet!
Glad you thought to make them “removable” so that you will be able to take them with you.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 07-29-2013 08:30 PM

Hey Purp! I was thinking of doing something similar. We have the cupboard under our sink just a large open space. We need 3 sections for recycling. I’m trying to find a clever way to build or buy containers and have them in there so they can be easily carried down for emptying.

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#4 posted 07-29-2013 08:32 PM

Nice renovation Sharon. These will be very functional. Nice thinking regarding the pocket hole joinery.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 07-29-2013 08:35 PM

these are pretty useful – it’s my 3rd iteration of making those (getting better and better at it). I really don’t know why they make such deep cabinets WITHOUT something like this, but I digress…

Hiswillus – while some of the drawers I just made are in a wide cabinet like you mention, we only use these for storing smaller items that would otherwise be hard to reach (deep inside). for recyclables/trash/bins have you consider something like this (IKEA):

that’s what we use for exactly that purpose and it works great.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 07-29-2013 08:48 PM

Very neat


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 07-29-2013 09:15 PM


Looks good as always, I have been talking to the wife about doing something like this for our existing cabinets.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#8 posted 07-29-2013 09:21 PM

Nice upgrade

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#9 posted 07-29-2013 10:06 PM

Sharon; Great addition. Both sets of kitchen cabinets that I’ve build is all drawers under the counter top. I even built drawers in the dead corner and opened them on the other side of the cabinets.

I always hated to have to go digging for something stuck back in the back.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 07-29-2013 10:49 PM

nicely done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#11 posted 07-30-2013 12:08 AM

Nice job Sharon! You’ve put your skills to good use with this practical and handy solution for the kitchen in your home.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#12 posted 07-30-2013 12:21 AM

This will make life easier, and yes that is where it all Begins.
Way to go.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 07-30-2013 12:47 AM

I’ve been wanting to do this with one of the cabinets in my kitchen as long as I’ve lived in this house. Is that just a strip of the Baltic birch running vertically on the left in pic #2 for a spacer? One at the front & one at the back?

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 07-30-2013 01:26 AM

thanks guys!

Mads – easy is always a great way to go indeed (as long as it doesn’t come on the account of some other values).

Karson – I think it’s something that was only adopted as of late – using all drawers as opposed to doored-cabinets. drawers just make more sense if you have them sized appropriately – I like the idea of using the corners and open from the other side. will have to make a mental note of that one.

JJ – yes and no – the no being it’s not “Baltic” birch, but just “regular” (cabinet grade actually – as cheap as it comes) birth plywood. the yes – is for everything else. I used some left over parts and had 1 strip in the back, and one in the front as spacers along with some card-stock (thick paper) to make up for the front face thickness. I had this done practically in every places we’ve lived in the past 10 years.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 07-30-2013 02:13 AM

Sharon: This is the island in my home in NJ.

This is the one in Delaware.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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