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.
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
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.
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)
2 - 1x2 @ 15"
2 - 1x2 @ 31"
4 - 2x4 @ 17 1/2"
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"
NOTE: 1x24 board is simply 3/4" plywood ripped into strips 22 3/4" wide by 8 feet long.
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!
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.
Now the back support. We used the scraps from cutting the plywood for supports but you can use 1x4s or 1x3s.
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.
These guys are for attaching the countertop plywood. Also attach to sides (not shown in diagram) for further lateral support.
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.
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.
Attach trash pullout assembly to door, with door flush to bottom and a 1/4" gap on each side. Use screws.
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.
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.
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.