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Project by DocK16 posted 01-01-2009 04:03 AM 2554 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was doing alot of turning for fun before the holidays and my wife politely asked why don’t you make something useful? So I built some of these pull out shelves for the kitchen cabinets. Joined with half-blind dovetails to withstand repeated pulling-pushing stresses. Makes easy access to back of these cabinets (you’d be suprised what was hiding back there). Also saves the knees , not having to kneel down on the hard floor. Made with standard weight Acuride drawer slides. Not an original idea but my hats off to whomever came up with this.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#1 posted 01-01-2009 04:07 AM

Now that is useful! Great job Dock. You can’t beat a woodworking project that is actually useful.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 01-01-2009 04:37 AM

Good job there Dock. This is a project that my wife won’t let me do. We had a similar set up in another house and she says she doesn’t need these. I, of course, honored her wishes.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#3 posted 01-01-2009 04:45 AM

Very useful the Wife got to Love it Great Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 01-01-2009 04:57 AM

My wife wasn’t too hip on this idea in the beginning, she didn’t want me cutting the center post between the doors, don’t ask me why. She said it would weaken the cabinet. NOT. Now that they’re installed she wouldn’t be without them.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#5 posted 01-01-2009 05:12 AM

Both kitchens that I built have everything below the counter top is drawers. except under the sink.

I love them and my wife does also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 01-01-2009 05:38 AM

Dock, Nicely built. I love having the drawers under the cabinet in the kitchen as does my wife. Still need to add a few more around mine.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Greg Wurst

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#7 posted 01-01-2009 05:40 AM

The really useful projects are the best in my opinion. The more you can use it the more you can admire your work. I’ll be doing this with our cabinets here soon.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#8 posted 01-01-2009 06:44 AM

lower cabinets are just so inefficient. drawers make so much more sense. I hope this is something I can get to sooner rather than later, though I’m a wee bit afraid of what might be living (or waiting out the millennia) down there.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Dan Pleska

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#9 posted 01-01-2009 06:47 AM

Great job DocK! Determined to get some use out of that Leigh Jig huh. Thanks for the inspiration. Been wanting to do the same in our kitchen, but was lamenting the loss of useful space behind the center post. I was going to keep the post and put four drawers where you have two. Your take is much more economical and space saving. I couldn’t tell from the pictures how you took care of the gap between the doors. Did you attach the removed post to one of the doors? Thanks for the post.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#10 posted 01-01-2009 12:29 PM

I need a “how to”.
I really, really, really want pull-out shelves like this.
Tips please!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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