The first part of this Under Cabinet Drawers build requires you to remove the toe kick and under cabinet fronts so you can determine your cabinet measurements. As suggested by the Family Handyman article you only need three measurements, the under cabinet width, depth and height. This will allow you to determine the measurements for your Under Cabinet Drawers and the special cradle that makes all this possible.
With your measurements in hand it was time to start cutting the drawer sides. Luckily we had several partial sheets of 3/4” birch plywood from other projects. Using an assembly line approach, we ripped all our under cabinet drawer sides to 3” and cut the drawer fronts and sides to length. The drawers were attached with Titebond glue and 1 3/16” nails and our Ryobi nail gun. Before attaching the drawer bottoms, we slide the drawers under the cabinet for a dry fit. Perfect!
With the drawers built we cut the cradle sides the same length as the drawer sides. We then measured for the drawer glides. Since we wanted the tops of our under cabinet drawer to align with the cradle tops we measured 2” from the bottom of the cradle and 1 ¾” from the bottom of the drawer and drew a line. Our drawers would be attached using this center line as our guide.
The Under Cabinet Drawers, also called Toe Kick Drawers, provide 4” of storage under cabinet storage space for things like baggie storage, cookie sheets, lids for pots and pans and oven mitts and towels. You cannot beat a drawer and if you can put it where no one knows it’s there it’s like having a secret when your guest watches glide the drawer out.