A narrow yet deep cabinet next to the oven was pretty much useless. There was potential with all that space, but there's no way I was going to spend $100+ for a cabinet drawer at one of the big box stores. Time to DIY!
That little cabinet is 13" wide by about 23". I figured I'd want something with a bit of a lip to , but not too high so I couldn't access anything behind. Off to the store I went. I was getting frustrated with trying to pull down plywood, so I went to the next best thing, bins! And what do you know, one of them was the perfect size!
OMG! "Extremely Durable" means almost impossible to cut. I first tried an Exacto knife, which the plastic just laughed at. I then went for my jigsaw, which wasn't too effective as the blade kept jumping due to the awkward shape of the whole thing. So third tries a charm- the table saw! It cut through like melted butter (aka it melted some of the plastic as it went). With the guide on the saw, I kept the cut pretty even all the way around. I then sanded the melted part off with some sandpaper.
I wanted an under-mount drawer just in case I add another drawer sliding perpendicular to utilize the full area available. (The back side of the cabinet has electrical and plumbing running across the back. Otherwise, I would have just cut a hole in that side of the cabinet and added a door. Oh well!)
I attached the slide to the bottom of the bin with some nuts and washers on the screws and then on the inside of the cabinet. I don't really like these slides as they are not full extension... but it offers more access to the space and it was only $6!
One down, a couple more to go!
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Published April 14th, 2017 11:46 AM
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Jean on Jan 31, 2018U can buy the hold thing at Lowe’s. That is what I did. And I put them in myself. Everything comes with it. I got 2. Then got more.
Gabrielle Falk on Feb 02, 2018I do something similar. Rather than chopping up a plastic box, what I do is go to the '$2' shop and buy various sized plastic baskets, making sure that the bottom is solid - ie not a 'woven' bottom, so that if there are any spillages, the spill won't go through the bottom, and pool on the floor of your cupboards, and given enough time, leak through to the underneath which is mainly MDF (medium density fibreboard); which then swell with the spilled moisture. Do the same in the 'fridge. Easier to pull out a plastic basket, with similar items, ie cheeses, or liquids, than rummage around in the back of the 'fridge, if something has fallen over.
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