Step 6: MOUNT THE SLIDES TO THE CABINET

Mounting the slides
Photo: Keller & Keller Photography
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Prepare the drawer slides for installation by first removing the sliding-drawer-rail section from each slide.

Cut two 1/8-inch-thick shims from a piece of Masonite or cardboard and lay them on the floor of the cabinet; the shims will raise the cleats and slides off the cabinet bottom enough to keep the shelf from scraping.

Place one of the cleats that you cut in Step 1 on top of the shims and against the cabinet side. Fasten it to the cabinet with 1 ¼-inch screws.

Now position the drawer slide on top of the shims and against the cleat, and secure it to the cleat with the screws provided.

Install the second drawer slide on the opposite side of the cabinet in the same manner.

Tip: In most cases, it will be easier to install the slides and the finished shelf if you first remove the cabinet doors.
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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