To build this Spice Drawer, I worked from the outside in. So I began by constructing the case that holds the drawer.
SIDES. To build the case, first cut two case sides (A), to finished length and width, see Fig. 1.
Design Note: When closed, the front of this Spice Drawer should fit flush with the the doors (or face frame) of your kitchen cabinets, refer to Fig. 17. My cabinets measured 12" from the front of the face frame the wall. If your cabinets are smaller, then shorten the sides of your Spice Drawer.
GROOVES. Next, cuflfc»-deep groove each side blank to hold the top of the case, see Fig. 1 and Fig. 6.
Then cut W-deep grooves to guide the pivot pins, see Figs. 1 and la.
STRETCHER HOLES. Two stretchers made from dowels connect the sides, refer to Fig. 6. Why dowels instead of a solid bottom? With a solid bottom it would be impossible to install your screws when mounting the case under your kitchen cabinets.
To make sure the holes for the stretchers were aligned properly, I marked both hole locations at the same time, see Fig. 2. Then I drilled the holes using a fence to maintain the alignment, see Fig. 3.
TOP. With the sides complete, the next step is to make the case top (B)I cut the top oversize and then glued a trim strip (C) to the frontedge, see Fig. 4.
After the glue dries put the top to finished size, see Fig.5. (When ripping the top to finished depth, cut off the back edge.)
Then cut a Vfc" rabbet across each end, see Figs. 5 and 5a. This creates a tongue that fits into the top groove on the case side (A). Sneak up on the depth of the rabbet until the tongue fits snug in the groove.
To mount the case under the cabinets, I drilled four countersunk shank holes, see Fig. 5. These could be drilled later. But ifs easier to drill them before the assembled Spice Drawer is ready to be installed.
DOWELS. With the top complete, next ci t two stretchers (D) from a 3/8H dowel, see Fig. 6. The length or the dowels should be a hair less than the length of the top (B). That way thecasecanbe glued up square without any interference from the dowels.
CASE ASSEMBLY. Before gluing the ca together, I dry assembled the pieces to check that everything fit, see Fig. 7. Then, to keep the case sides square to the top when clamping, I cut a temporary spacer from a piece of scrap lumber.
After the case has been glued together, cut and glue two small plugs into the grooves (near the front) for drawer stops, see Fig. 7. Position the plugs to fit flush with the front of the case.
Safety Note: Cut the small plugs from a long piece of VV'-square stock.
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