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#1 posted 02-24-2021 08:44 PM

ALL the lower cabinets I built have drawers, rather than just shelves. We’d never go back.

With the drawers, everything can be accessed with zero hassle, versus pulling the front items out to get to the back items.

Any way you can pull off drawers will be worth while. ESPECIALLY if you can trash the doors completely. Rather than fight doors to get to drawers, I just built face frames for all the drawers. It was well worth it.

All the drawers have 100# slides. One still works well, but no longer closes automatically, after just three years. I think I’ll swap those slides for ones that will hold even more weight (a lot of glass bowls in that drawer).

In a pinch, you could make twice as many drawers and use the center post to mount plywood running from it to the back of the cabinet. Otherwise, I’d just remove the vertical post.

Much of this depends on removing the doors all together and resorting to just face frames/covers for the drawers.

The screw holes for the old hinges shouldn’t to too hard to hide. Small dowels, stain and a match of wax under clear coat should all but vanish them.

I buy a wax near the color I need, the a jar of white and a jar of black. The latter two let me take the wax farther in the direction I need to go. Often, I cannot find the patch on small (e.g., 1/8” holes).

In the end, the drawer faces will hide all the gaps, except the 1/8” between two drawer faces, but even that cold be accounted for (I refused to give up an inch of valuable drawer space.

For one of the blind corners, I built two drawers that pull into the opening space of the wall 90 degrees to them. They have tall sides that drop down in front (starting half way down the side and front).

Closed, the drawers are in the south wall area. Open they are in the east wall area. The drop down side and front that meet at the corner from which you would access them allow you to access some things even without sliding the drawers out.

It’s the perfect place to store seldom used (e.g., holiday) stuff.

With the drawers in, I have a roll-around, which rolls into the open area and which acts as silverware storage and so on.

The opposite blind corner is a Susan with the gaps on each side converted to cookie sheet and bread/cutting board storage. In the end, there is only about one square foot of waste.

The fridge is my favorite. A farmer had me re-do his entire kitchen and insisted on a cabinet the same size as the entire top of the fridge. As he pointed out, the cabinet becomes inaccessible for the crap stacked in front of it anyway.

On a whim, I built a 30” susan and installed it. The Susan fit front to back well, but left about six inches on the right. The farmer loves it – he can access EVERYTHING over the fridge, and store big cookie sheets and such up there.

I built on for ours too, but put doors on the side, which are accessible from the hallway. It’s the perfect place to store spaghetti and other tall items.

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