We decided to build a slide-out drawer for the cabinet under our table. This cabinet it only 15″ deep, so standard kitchen cabinet slide-out drawers won’t work. Malcolm decided to assemble our own using red oak boards. Once the dimensions were decided upon, the various pieces were cut to length and screwed together into an open box.
With the box complete, the drawer glides were attached to the sides.
With the drawer complete, it was time to prepare the cabinet. First, the middle shelf needed to be removed. Malcolm used a hammer to pop the shelf up off the supports nailed around the perimeter. He also pried a couple of the supports off.
Next, it was time to remove the cross piece. This is screwed in from behind.
With the cabinet prepped, Malcolm cut a 2×6 piece of lumber down to two 15″ long pieces, mounted the outer drawer glide pieces and some 3″ L brackets to them.
It was somewhere about this time that Malcolm realized that the drawer was going to be too wide to slide out due to the bottom hinge on the door. It was decided to mount the cabinet door to the front of the drawer so it slides out as a unit. Here is the finished product in action.
And, fortunately, it closes just fine.
The only addition we’ll make is to put a couple of L brackets between the top of the drawer and the back of the door so it doesn’t flex or pull out its screws when sliding the drawer open.