Kid-Safe Under the Cabinet Knife Drawer

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Unused space often sits in plain view under the upper cabinets. This pull-out is perfect for storing knives. Knives are close to where you need them, organized in a way that will help you and be hidden and up as high as possible for safety. So we advice you to try a pull-out knife drawer, which can be installed under your upper cabinet. This way your kids will stay safe too and you will free a lot of space.

How to make: 

You’ll need 8 lineal ft. of 3/4-in. x 1-3/4-in. hardwood that matches your cabinet, 2 lineal ft. of 1-1/8-in. x 1-1/8-in. hardwood, 1 ft. x 2 ft. of 1/4-in. hardwood plywood and one pair of 12-in. full-extension drawer slides.

Measure the space under the cabinet. Cut the supports (G) to fit this space and protrude about 1/16 in. below the cabinet. Size the drawer by subtracting 2-1/2 in.—1 in. for the slides and 1-1/2 in. for the two fixed sides (D). The front-to-back dimension is the minimum required for a 12-in. drawer slide.

Cut the drawer parts (A, B, C, E). Assemble the drawer using pocket screws or glue and finish nails. Rout the bottom of the drawer frame with a 3/8-in. rabbeting bit set 1/4 in. deep. Square the corners with a chisel. Then nail in the plywood bottom with 3/4-in. brad nails. Draw a centerline 3/4 in. up from the bottom edge on the fixed sides (D) and the drawer sides (B). Screw on the drawer slides, flush to the front.

Glue and screw the undercabinet supports to the fixed sides. Install the drawer assembly (see photo, below). Glue the drawer pull (F) in the center behind the drawer front. Then finish the drawer to match the cabinet.

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One Response to “Kid-Safe Under the Cabinet Knife Drawer”

  1. Grace Gates says:

    This is fantastic and exactly what I am looking for to finish off my newly remodeled kitchen. I need some clarification though and hope you can help.

    What does this mean? What is being subtracted?
    Size the drawer by subtracting 2-1/2 in.—1 in. for the slides and 1-1/2 in. for the two fixed sides (D).

    Can I route the drawer pieces before assembling or can I attach/nail bottom directly to drawer frame without routing?
    Rout the bottom of the drawer frame with a 3/8-in. rabbeting bit set 1/4 in. deep.

    There are no measurements for this. What is the purpose and what are measurements?
    Glue the drawer pull (F) in the center behind the drawer front.

    Thanks!!

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