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.
For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, see How to Install a Pull-Out Cabinet Shelf