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Built a Custom Tray Divider Storage Unit Into My Existing Cabinet!

My cabinet was typical... a small shelf and pull out drawer. The cabinet would fill up with junk and was hard to access anything.

I am on this kick of converting cabinets into drawers... so I figured I would give it a shot here too.
Time: 4 Hours Cost: $30 Difficulty: Medium
The 1st thing I did was raise the pull out internal drawer to the very top. It would hold smaller items and I needed to make enough room on the bottom for the tray divider.
I did have to remove the little shelf in the back... a sledge hammer is a small space is not easy, but it did the trick.

Here is the internal drawer relocated. Just the right height to prevent people from over filling it with big items. Plus I could reuse the existing hardware.
I built a simple box.. making it slope from front to back so we could reach any little items.

Next I need to make a few more dividers to go into the middle.

I built it with 1/2 plywood with screws on the front back and bottom.... all of which are hidden from view.
Here it is installed with the full extension glides and the door mounted.

The door had some European hinges... so I used Bondo to fill the holes... including the door knob hole. (I will be adding a drawer pull bar handle instead.)

Here you can see one of the screws holding the door to the front of the box. I started my screw before looking at the door and quickly realized I needed to move it over so the 1 1/4 screw would go into the thicker sides and not in the panel itself.

I also added one on the bottom of each side... I needed to use a LONG extension because my impact driver would not fit in-between the dividers on the sides.
Overall it is great to have a custom solution to meet our needs! When the wife comes home, I am going to wait to se how long it takes her to notice the change. Surprise!

Yes.. I told her I was going to do it before I started... I always pass things by the boss first. She typically never complains because she knows it will be an improvement.

Hope this inspires you.

Materials I used for this project:

  • 22" drawer extension glides   (1/2" plywood)
  • Drawer pull of your choice.
  • Wendy
    on Jul 29, 2017

    Great update! Looks fantastic!

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Jul 30, 2017

    This is so smart!

  • Bonnie Knight
    Bonnie Knight
    on Aug 9, 2017

    Great job! Good idea, I need these drawers, getting too old to get on the floor to get stuff off of the bottom shelves! Only thing better would be a drawer that has a lift after you pull it out. Just dreaming! :)

  • Yankeemom100
    Yankeemom100 Hampstead, NC
    on Aug 9, 2017

    Fantastic idea. Great job.

  • Pat C
    Pat C Hamburg, NJ
    on Aug 9, 2017

    What a great idea. Wish I had room for something like this. BTW - what a smart man you are - running things by the boss first! ;-)

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