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

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 05:24
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About Project

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.