Step 1: MEASURE THE CABINET

Measuring
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To ensure that the shelf can slide past the cabinet door and hinges, you will need to fur out the drawer slides with cleats.

To measure how thick to make the cleats, open the cabinet door and position the drawer slide, with the inner rail extended, as close to the door hinge as it can get without touching. Then measure the space between the cabinet side and the back of the drawer slide.

Rip the two 2-inch-high cleats from plywood or 1x3s; they should be the same length as the drawer slides. You may need to build up to the thickness you measured (above) with more than one piece of wood.

Set the two cleats against the opposite sides of the cabinet, measure between them, and then subtract 1 inch for the thickness of the drawer slides. The resulting dimension is the overall width of the shelf including the pine frame. Set the cleats aside.

The overall depth of the shelf (front to back) is the same as the length of the drawer slides.
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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