Easy access to pots and pans is always a dilemma for any cook, but installing sliding kitchen shelves will provide easy access. Simple to assemble and requiring only basic woodworking skills, sliding kitchen shelves can be completed in one day. The shelf can be adjusted to fit any size cabinet in your kitchen. This shelf is constructed to fit a standard 18 inch by 24-inch cabinet shelf.
Step 1 - Cut Material
To begin your sliding kitchen shelves, cut a 3/4-inch plywood base to 13 1/4 inches by 21 inches. From 1 by 2-inch pine stock, cut 1 piece at 13 1/4 inches long for the front edge. From 1 inch by 2-inch pine stock, cut 2 pieces at 22 inches long for the side edges. From 1 inch by 3-inch stock, cut 1 piece 14 3/4 inches long for the back edge.
Step 2 - Attach Edges
Apply carpenter’s glue to the front edge (13 1/4 inch) and attach the 1 inch by 2 inches by 13 1/4-inch stock, with a 2-inch edge forming the box side and flush with the bottom of the plywood base. Nail strip to the base with 4-penny nails. Apply carpenter’s glue to each side of the plywood base and attach the 1 inch by 2 inches by 22-inches stock flush with the bottom of the plywood base and the front edge. Nail the strip with 4-penny nails. Turn the assembly upside down. Glue and nail the back strip (1 inch by 3 inches by 14 3/4-inches strip) to the back edge of the plywood base, flush with the top of the 1 inch by 2-inch strips. The rear strip will protrude 1 inch below the plywood base.
Step 3 - Attach Slide Assemblies
Draw lines the length of the plywood base (bottom) 1 1/4 inches in from each side edge. Attach the 2 slide assemblies per manufacturer’s instructions along the straight lines for the kitchen shelves. Measure the center-to-center distance between the sliders just attached to the plywood base bottom. Mark the centerline of the existing kitchen shelves. Measure 1/2 the determined distance between the slide assemblies on the plywood base and mark on either side of the centerline. Attach the other side of slide assembly on lines just marked. Check placement of slide assembly by rolling assembled shelf onto shelf sliders.
Step 4 - Finish Sliding Shelf
Remove sliding shelf from cabinet. Smooth all surfaces first with 120-grit then 220-grit sandpaper. Apply wood primer to entire surface and allow to dry 24 hours. Lightly sand the shelves with 220-grit sandpaper. Wipe with tack cloth and apply polyurethane with natural bristle brush. Allow to dry 24 hours, lightly sand with 220-grit sandpaper and wipe with tack cloth. Apply another coat of polyurethane and allow the new sliding kitchen shelves to dry 24 hours.