Introduction

Installing a Pull-Out Kitchen Shelf Tout »
Make the most of your kitchen's existing storage space by installing a pull-out shelf in one - or all - of the base cabinets. The shelf resembles a shallow drawer that glides out for easy access to items stored in the back of the cabinet.

Our shelf was built for a standard 24-inch-deep by 33-inch-wide base cabinet, but its design is adaptable to virtually any size cabinet. It has a 1x4 pine frame and 3/4-inch birch plywood bottom. If you're only building one or two shelves, you can save some money by going to a home center or lumberyard that sells quarter or half sheets of plywood. And in most cases, they'll even cut the plywood to your dimensions.

If you've never attempted a woodworking project as seemingly complex as this one, don't worry. TOH Master Carpenter Norm Abram created a simplified, straightforward design that can be easily constructed with ordinary tools.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Power miter saw or backsaw with miter box,
      used to crosscut 1x3s
    • circular saw
      Portable circular saw,
      for cutting plywood
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Drill-driver with Phillips screwdriver tip
    • Countersink bit
      Combination countersink bit,
      used to bore screw-pilot holes
    • spade bit
      1/2-inch spade bit,
      for drilling counterbore holes for wood buttons
    • combination square
      Combination square,
      for marking square cut lines on 1x3s
    • bar clamp
      Bar clamp or pipe clamp,
      for assembling the drawer
    • Whisk Broom
      Whisk broom

    Shopping List

    1. PINE 1X3's

    Shelf frame



    2. 3/4-INCH BIRCH PLYWOOD

    for shelf bottom; 1/2-inch if using a dado



    3. 120-GRIT AND 180-GRIT SANDPAPER

    4. 1 1/4-INCH DRYWALL SCREWS

    for attaching the cleats to cabinet



    5. 22-IN. FULL-EXTENSION DRAWER SLIDES

    about $20 per pair



    6. SPRAY LACQUER

    7. DUAL-CARTRIDGE RESPIRATOR

    worn when spraying lacquer



    8. WOOD BUTTONS

    to conceal screw heads.



    9. 1 5/8-INCH DRYWALL SCREWS

    for shelf assembly



    10. CARPENTER'S GLUE

    11. MASONITE OR CARDBOARD SHIMS

    12. TACK RAG OR COTTON CLOTH

    13. GOGGLES