Any Ideas for Designing a Cutting Board Storage Slot in a Cabinet?

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Forum topic by Lovegasoline posted 06-09-2018 09:35 PM 870 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2018 09:35 PM

Here’s my idea and what I’m currently working with:

I’m rebuilding my derelict kitchen base cabinet which had a cutting board slot and runners, but it never had a cutting board (lost to the ages in the past 90 years).

I’ve built a new face frame and I’ve included the 1” tall slot at the top for a cutting board.

I’ve already got a couple cutting boards, one large and one small. When I have the leisure I’d like to make a few cutting boards with interesting profiles so that stored on edge they provide an interesting silhouette and design element for the kitchen.

On to the challenge:
My kitchen has limited countertop work space. I have a great big double farmer sink with a top dimension of 42” x 25”. So my idea has been to make a large cutting board 18” x 19-”20” which can be placed, inset, onto the top of either side of my sink: the sink has a lowered lip (see pic) that perfectly supports a board. The cutting board can be placed entirely over one side of the sink and can thus function as an auxiliary counter top or cutting board space and with the added benefit that it can drain directly into the sink if there’s any liquids or juices involved. I never have a pressing need to use both sides of my sink at once (maybe occasionally for dual sink system dishwashing or food prep washing) and furthermore the cutting board can easily slide from one side of the sink to the other (so pots and pans for example could soak underneath it keeping both sinks functional). It’s easily removable just by lifting it out.

My challenge is how to store it in the cabinet … so it can be easily pulled out and still look elegant. If it’s not completely and easily accessible without any hitch, it wont be fully utilized.
I’ve made the slot at the top of the face frame 18-1/4” x 1”. There’ll be an approx. 1” overhang at the front of the counter top (butcherblock) and the counter top front profile will most likely be a window sill profile.

I have a couple wood runners made (rabbeted strips of wood) which will mount to the interior of the face frame and rear wall (it’s a built-in cabinet) for the cutting board to slide on. I may look into some slippery plastic for the top surface of the runners, or alternatively just wax them. I’ll have a 1/8” gap on either side of the cutting board when it’s stowed in it’s slot for looks, but if I need a tighter fit to prevent side-to-side slop and racking, I can mount the runners a little closer to together to get a tighter fit.

[B]But how to design the leading edge so it’s easy to pull out of the slot, elegant looking, and functional?[/B] I was originally thinking maybe a small brass spherical drawer pull in the center … unobtrusive and elegant. However, that may intrude on using the cutting board on the sink and needing to slide it across so it sits flush on the opposite side of the sink … the brass pull would make contact with the sink’s rim.

Another idea is a cleaner execution with a plain flat leading edge for the cutting board. I wonder if there’s a spring loaded plunger/catch of sorts that can be mounted at the rear wall so that when I push the cutting board in, it hits against and depresses the catch/plunger; when I want to pull the board out, I push the cutting board in a little and it depresses the plunger/catch which releases the spring and pushes the board out 1”-2” ... enough to get a finger underneath into a routed out finger slot so the board can be pulled all thew way out.

Any ideas?
Or other suggestions?
Thanks a bunch!!

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#1 posted 06-10-2018 01:38 AM

Probably not a normal use for these but what about magnetic spring latches. Like this:

You stick the cutting board in and the spring locks, push on it and it pushes out slightly. Probably have to use two but they are not that expensive. Only issue would be do you have enough room for the cutting board plus the latch in the cabinet to pull this off.

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#2 posted 06-13-2018 10:40 PM

OK, I suppose i have to investigate hardware more fully.

I only have 1” of space at the rear (back of cutting board to wall); maybe 2” if I change the design, recut the face frame, and store the cutting board with the wide side in.

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