How-To: Build a Stand Mixer Drawer

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.

Screwing the drawer together.

Screwing the drawer together.

Last couple of screws.

Last couple of screws.

With the box complete, the drawer glides were attached to the sides.

Finished drawer with rails mounted on it.

Finished drawer with rails mounted on it.

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.

Shelf in cabinet.

Shelf in cabinet.

Shelf and supports removed.

Shelf and supports removed.

Next, it was time to remove the cross piece. This is screwed in from behind.

Removing the screws.

Removing the screws.

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.

Side pieces ready.

Side pieces ready.

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.

Drawer with stand mixer.

Drawer with stand mixer.

And, fortunately, it closes just fine.

Drawer closed.

Drawer closed.

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.

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One thought on “How-To: Build a Stand Mixer Drawer

  1. I like this mod and have one suggestion if you have yet to determine where to store the mixer paddle, whisk and dough hook. It looks like you add some small hooks inside the cabinet to hang these tools near the mixer.

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