18" Kitchen Base Cabinet Trash Pull Out or Storage Cupboard with Door

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How to build kitchen cabinets! This plan is for an 18" wide full overlay face frame pull out trash bin. It can also be used as a cupboard with door for storage - just add shelves. Free easy step by step plans.

What do Alaskans look like in Hawaii in January?
Although we aren't forgetting how to do this anytime soon ...
Thanks for giving us a chance to recharge, stock up on Vitamin D, and find new inspiration and excitement to build and create more plans, and also, getting ready to get back to working on the Momplex.  I'm a believer in taking time off to prevent burnout and maintain passion and enthusiasm.  
But most importantly, spend time with my family.  I'm home all day with Grace, but rarely is she the focus of my time.  We needed this time together.
We'll be back next week, but in the meantime, I've worked really hard to keep the plans coming!  And yes, door plans are coming too for the kitchen cabinets - just working out a few kinks and trying to convince the Ram to star in a tutorial  :)

We've had this one built for a bit now, but are waiting on some nice slides before installing the trash component. I don't know - 10, 20, 100? - how many times the trash drawer is accessed in our home on a daily basis, so we wanted to make sure the trash was as convenient as possible for the Moms.

How does dead center in the great room sound?  It's there on the end.  
And with the great measures we've taken to put the trash in the best location, we thought we should spend the extra $20 bucks and make the trash easy to open and close.
Something about mail delays and snow is keeping the drawer slides in transit.  Oh boy.  We know a thing or two about weather delays!  Wishing we could be working up on the hill and not wondering how cold it is outside (because the thermometer only goes to 40 below).
Like all kitchen cabinet plans, please review Kitchen Cabinets 101 and Tooling Up for lots of tips on building your own kitchen cabinets.  You can also download this model in Google 3D Warehouse to design your own kitchen, just like we did.
And of course, step by step plans follow.
Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

One sheet 3/4" hardwood plywood cut into strips 22 3/4" wide by 8 feet long (you will only need half a sheet, but to get the cuts, you will need to buy a whole sheet - save the scrap down the center for supports - these will be referred to as 1x24 boards throughout plan)
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long or stud length
1 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
drawer slides
1/2" plywood if required by drawer slides
1/4" sheet of 1/4" plywood for back
You will also need to make or buy a door
And of course - you will need a trash can that fits.

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

2 - 1x24 @ 31" (Sides)
1 - 1x24 @ 16" (Bottom)
1 - 1x4 or scrap plywood @ 16" (Back Support)
2 - 1x4 or scrap plywood @ 22" (Countertop supports)
1- 1/4" plywood @ 17 1/2" x 34 1/2" (Back)

Face Frame
2 - 1x2 @ 15"
2 - 1x2 @ 31"

4 - 2x4 @ 17 1/2"

Drawer Assembly
2 - 1/2" plywood @ 22 3/4" x 3" (spacer if your drawer slides are side mount and require)
2 - 1x4 @ 14"
2 - 1x4 @ 21 1/4"

Overall 30 1/4" x 17 1/2"

Cutting Instructions

NOTE: 1x24 board is simply 3/4" plywood ripped into strips 22 3/4" wide by 8 feet long.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Make sure you go through and drill all pocket holes before assembling. It's much easier to drill pocket holes on boards than on trash bins!

Attach bottom to sides with glue and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Now the back support. We used the scraps from cutting the plywood for supports but you can use 1x4s or 1x3s.

Step 3

Build the face frame on a flat, smooth table with clamps. Make sure it's square, joining joints with 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue. Mark sides at 1/4" for side overhang and attach to face of cabinet through predrilled pocket holes.

Step 4

These guys are for attaching the countertop plywood. Also attach to sides (not shown in diagram) for further lateral support.

Step 5

Step 6

Now most steps from here on out are dependent on how your drawer slides work. For standard side mount slides, you will most likely need to add a spacer to bring the slides flush with the inside of the face frame. 1/2" plywood does the trick nicely. You will want to mount at the height of your trash can - see next step.

Step 7

For the trash pullout, this is also dependant on the type of trash can you use. We've got this plan set up to fit two, side by side. You can easily add more compartments or even place the trash pullout on the bottom - with a bottom of course - to just act as a pull out platform for your trash can. Note: if you do this, I recommend adding cross supports for extra strength.

Step 8

Attach trash pullout assembly to door, with door flush to bottom and a 1/4" gap on each side. Use screws.

Step 9

A view of the door. You can order doors, use wood slabs, make doors, and I will be posting tutes for the doors we made.

Step 10

Finally, add the back. I like to add backs after installing drawer slides just because it's easier to reach in and work on things without a back. use glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.


DR (not verified)

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 00:58

These cabinet plans have been awesome. Thank you so much.

I think the cut list may need some attention for the box sides and bottom. They look to be a bit wide right now (24"?)

Take care.

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 04:37

Keep them coming! My husband and I have only tackled small building projects but plan on building our kitchen. Prices at the big box store were$ 10,000. With three kids that is a big fat No!! My question to is will you be making a pantry cabinet plan as well. I need a place to store extra food!! Thanks so much for the free plans, enjoy your trip!

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 11:03

Have a GREAT VACATION, White family! Love your little pink sunkissed cheeks in your pics!! The world will wait till you finish enjoying yourselves (I know I will!).. You deserve every second of your vacation. Have fun and Enjoy!!

Cindy from Indiana (not verified)

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 11:44

You guys enjoy that vacation! You deserve it!

Keep these kitchen cabinet plans coming, ok? I never thought I'd be saying (typing?) this, but I do believe I am going to build an entire new kitchen for my house! Woot!

Of course, that will have to come after about eleventy-bazillion other Ana-inspired projects, but it IS coming!

Looking forward to the door tuts, too. The style you are doing right now (shown in the pics) is perfect for me as I plan to do a cottage style kitchen.

Have fun and come back to us when you guys are all recharged!



Thu, 01/26/2012 - 18:41

This plan is timed perfectly for my next project at home! We are planning a small kitchen peninsula where we want a couple of base cabinets to hide the trash and recycling bins. Our issue is that we can't go with the standard cabinet depth due to the location of where the peninsula will be going... so either I have to order a custom cabinet, buy a stock cabinet, and cut a strip out of the middle... OR BUILD MY OWN!! I like the third option so much cheaper.... I mean better. Of course I will need to modify the plans for my needs, but that is what is so great about your plans... so simple and easy!!

Reys (not verified)

Sun, 01/29/2012 - 20:42

Nice work! It's so simple and easy to build. This kind of project don't need expensive materials and can be create without any power tools. So, the beginners should try :)


Mon, 02/06/2012 - 15:09

So, all you need to post now is plans for a 30" wide drawer base, three drawers high, with the top drawer split into two, and tutorials to build the doors. Door building is all that my husband has been hesitant about . . . . please, pretty please, door tutorials soon?

Thanks for all you do!

Matthew (not verified)

Thu, 02/16/2012 - 11:26

Hi Ana,

My wife and I are in the midst of refacing our kitchen cabinets and I've been trying to decide whether to use Barker Door (or another company like them) or build doors from (hopefully) your plans. I've been trying to wait patiently, but it's been 3 weeks since this post and I haven't seen any other mention on the door plans. Are they still coming?

Linda W (not verified)

Sat, 02/18/2012 - 12:11

I'm thinking two of these for my laundry room would be great, lights and darks. Hmm, now to convince hubby.


Thu, 12/06/2012 - 07:47

Ana, I have a double sink bathroom vanity in the master bath. In between the lower cabinetry is a space for a chair. I don't use it as I have a separate make-up vanity in the master bedroom. I would like to build a cabinet inbetween the two lowers and put in two big drawers. How would I modify this cabinet besides the obvious sizes dimensions and adding a shelf?


Thu, 03/19/2015 - 17:24

Ana, I've just discovered you and your awesome! I'm wondering if you have any advice for building frameless cabinets? Thanks, Grace


Thu, 01/30/2020 - 17:43

I haven’t seen any plans or tutorials for doors and draw front and I need some for a18” And  24” and 36” cabinet my sink base will be the 36” one