I’m again with one other kitchen/pantry group undertaking that I’m fairly enthusiastic about. I labored extra on my pantry yesterday, and I spent the afternoon constructing and putting in this practice DIY pull-out slotted drawer for baking sheets, pizza pans and baking dishes.
It’s nothing fancy — no fancy nook joints or hidden dowels. It’s only a very fundamental drawer with butt joints and visual staples the place every part is connected. Nevertheless it’s very sturdy, straightforward to make, and really practical.
The entire drawer took virtually one sheet of 1/2-inch plywood, which implies it value round $45 with the drawer slides.
And talking of drawer slides, these are the ones I buy. That’s the perfect worth I’ve discovered on full-extension ball bearing drawer slides. The worth at Dwelling Depot is about two to a few occasions that quantity per pair, relying on which model you get. These will not be the gentle automated shut slides, however I actually don’t care about that. So long as the drawer slides transfer simply and easily, are full-extension, and can maintain the burden of the drawer and the objects in it (these are rated for 100 kilos), then I’m completely satisfied.
When constructing drawers or pull-out cabinets, I at all times set up the drawer slides earlier than I even start constructing the drawer. The primary factor to recollect when putting in drawer slides is that you must be sure you shim out the drawer slides sufficient in order that the slide will clear any face frames on the cupboards, and the slides and drawer will will clear any cupboard door hinges. I needed to shim mine out an inch on both aspect (I used two layers of 1/2-inch plywood) in order that my slides would clear the face frames and the perimeters of the pull-out drawer would clear the cupboard door hinges.
When putting in drawer slides, you typically should take away the piece that attaches to the perimeters of the drawer. So when the slides are put in inside the cupboard, I change these items that connect to the drawers, pull the slides out about three inches, and measure between the slides for the drawer width.
With my measurements in hand, I’m prepared to start constructing the drawer. My drawer wanted to be 23.25 inches vast, 21.5 inches lengthy, and 14 inches tall on the again. However for straightforward entry to the cookie sheets and different objects saved within the slots, I wished a slanted design. So I made a decision on six inches for the entrance.
For the underside piece, I subtracted one inch from each the width and size (since I used to be utilizing 1/2-inch plywood for the perimeters) and reduce the underside piece to 22.25 inches by 20.5 inches. Then I reduce the 2 aspect items to twenty.5 inches by 14 inches, after which used my jigsaw to chop an angled prime edge.
I connected these sides to the underside piece utilizing wooden glue and my slim crown staple gun. (This is the stapler I have, which I take advantage of with this air compressor.) I’ve realized that when constructing drawers, staples maintain way more securely than nails, so my stapler has been getting fairly the work out these days as I’ve been engaged on my pantry.
Subsequent, I reduce the piece for the entrance and connected it with wooden glue and staples. This piece was 23.25 inches by 6 inches.
After which I reduce and connected the piece for the again. This one was 23.25 inches by 14 inches.
Subsequent, I reduce six dividers to go contained in the drawer. Utilizing the aspect of the drawer as a sample, I traced the angle for the highest edge onto one of many items, after which stacked three items at a time to chop them with the jigsaw. I couldn’t discover my superior jigsaw, so I had to make use of my previous cheaper one, which doesn’t reduce as properly. (Jigsaws are one device that you just don’t wish to skimp on. You get what you pay for.) So I ended up with some very uneven prime edges.
So I clamped all six items collectively, after which used my rotary sander with 40-grit sandpaper on it to sand the highest edges till they have been all uniform.
They nonetheless wanted sanding individually as soon as I unclamped them, however at the least the highest angled edge was uniform on all six of them now.
Then I positioned all six dividers into the drawer and shoved them throughout to at least one aspect, and measured the remaining width within the drawer.
I divided that by seven (six dividers would give me seven slots). That gave me a measurement of two.79 inches for every slot, so I rounded right down to 2.75 and used my desk noticed to tear two scrap items of plywood to 2.75 inches vast in order that I may use these as spacers whereas attaching the drawer dividers.
Beginning on one finish, I positioned a spacer at the back and front of the drawer proper up in opposition to the aspect, after which positioned a drawer divider proper up in opposition to the spacers.
I stapled proper by way of the entrance of the drawer and into the sting of the drawer divider to safe it into place. I eyeballed the primary (prime) staple placement on each the back and front of the drawer, after which I used my framing sq. to attract a vertical line in order that I’d know the place to place the remainder of the staples.
As soon as the entire drawer dividers have been stapled into place, I sanded the entire thing, utilizing my rotary sander on the entire flat areas and the butt joints, after which I sanded the entire edges by hand. The sanding course of removed the entire pencil marks and minimized the looks of the staples. I used to be high-quality with that as a completed look, but when the staples trouble you, you may at all times cowl over them with a dab of wooden filler after which sand it easy to make them virtually disappear.
And right here is my completed slotted drawer, prepared and ready for the drawer slides to be connected.
And right here she is all put in…
I’m ridiculously enthusiastic about this drawer.
I do about 95% of my cooking on the range prime, so I don’t really want all of my baking sheets and pans taking on house in my kitchen. However I additionally hate digging by way of stacks of issues looking for what I want on these events once I do wish to make one thing within the oven.
So that is the proper resolution for me. It’s out of the way in which, and but permits fast and quick access once I want them.
And the perfect factor is that any cupboard might be transformed right into a pull-out slotted drawer for any such storage. When you at the moment have a cupboard with stacks of baking sheet, take away these stacks, add some drawer slides, construct a slotted drawer, and make your life a bit simpler!
My pantry is completed! Wish to see the complete undertaking from begin to end? Yow will discover each single publish in regards to the pantry construct proper right here…
Or you may skip to the tip and see the way it turned out. Right here’s a peek of the completed pantry…
You may see extra footage on the earlier than and after publish proper right here…
Addicted 2 Adorning is the place I share my DIY and adorning journey as I transform and beautify the 1948 fixer higher that my husband, Matt, and I purchased in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do bodily work, so I do nearly all of the work on the home on my own. You can learn more about me here.