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#1 posted 02-24-2021 10:15 PM

My wife wants pull out drawers in some more of our kitchen cabinets. I put a couple of them in one cabinet in the kitchen island. They work ok, but the one issue is that if the drawer isn’t pushed in all the way, the door hits the slide and scratches up the paint etc. The other problem i have is one of the cabinets she wants them in is a 2 door base cabinet that has a vertical divider on the face frame, even though the carcass is full width. If i were to put drawers in I would want them full width of the cabinet. Should I cut the center divider and pin it to one of the doors? So you would have to close one door before the other? Or should i just take the doors off and add a center horizontal divider on the face frame and change these to drawer fronts?


The soft close slides that retract completely might help with the door hitting problem.
I had a setup with double doors and a center stile and fixed shelves. I removed the center stile and fixed shelves. I ran a support board along the inside of the top rail….just in case. I made overlay doors with a slight gap between the doors to allow them to close without hitting each other and pull out drawer/shelves the full width of the cabinet. . It looks fine…...need to make sure the door sizes are accurate. You probably know this but get the hinges before you start making the doors. I’m sure any of your options i.e. doors with or without a stile attached to one of the doors, or drawers would work. Your decision.

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