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    Kitchen Pullouts

    When I am struggling with a design for a piece (like now) I will distract myself with something else. LOML's mom has 10 different pullouts in her kitchen that I have made over the years. First the full extension ones for her pantry so she could get more usable space and easy access to all those pesky pantry items that hide in the back and get "replaced" before they are even used. Then some narrow ones for her medicinal supplies that she keeps handy.

    As we get older it is harder to stoop down and reach back into those lower cabinets so for her birthday I gave her still more pullouts (it was her idea) for her lower cabinets. I thought I would get all 5 done this weekend but, the wide ones will have to go in tomorrow or the next day as time allows. I installed the cookie-sheet pullout already and these two narrow ones will go in today at lunch.

    So, all in all this is a totally selfish post to help me feel like I am making progress while the final design of my bedroom chest of drawers percolates around in my gray matter. Here's a few shop shots.
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    My wife has been asking for those for years. I don't know why I keep ignoring her.

    I'll give it a try. Thanks Glenn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    My wife has been asking for those for years. I don't know why I keep ignoring her.

    I'll give it a try. Thanks Glenn
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    selective hearing.common problem present in many married men.
    Huh?
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    Nice job Glenn!

    Have some of those on my to-do list yet.
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    I did these in my house. Couple of lessons learned.

    1. For a pantry, space the pullouts about 10.5" apart (between pullouts) so that you can put two cans high in the pullouts. It's a waste of space to make them only one can high and you lose too much space.

    2. For the bottom pullout, space it about 13" to the next higher pullout so you can put larger things in. Cereal boxes, for example, can usually fit in 13"

    3. Make the back of the pullout higher, maybe 6", so that things don't fall over the back if you pull the drawer out quickly.

    4. Full extension is nice but 3/4" extension works well - gives you access to the back of the drawer - and is less expensive than full extension.

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    Glenn,
    How do you mount the pullouts in the cabinets? I'm going through the same thing but having trouble figuring out how to anchor the pullouts in the cabinets. Do you install spacer blocks on the cabinet sides to attach the hardware to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Calver View Post
    Glenn,
    How do you mount the pullouts in the cabinets? I'm going through the same thing but having trouble figuring out how to anchor the pullouts in the cabinets. Do you install spacer blocks on the cabinet sides to attach the hardware to?
    I do use spacer blocks and took some nice pictures last night. I then promptly left my camera at Granny's house. I'll pick it up tonight and post some shots.

    Basically she has a face frame kitchen install. I just ripped down some poplar and made spacers to go against the cabinet sides and rails to go in any mid-shelf locations. One thing I learned in an earlier attempt at this in LOML's kitchen was to not bother taking the shelves out, just use them as supports. Lazy and not as versatile as a custom install but, quick.
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    Thanks Glenn. I was wondering about the shelves too. Looking forward to your pics.

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    Here we go. These are the smaller ones. The double-wides go in later this week. You can see the rails I made in the first post, second pic, lefthand side of the pic. These simply screw to the existing shelf in the proper place to hold the drawer glide.
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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 05-24-2011 at 12:03 AM.
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