Once again it is time to head out to the workshop and get my hands dirty with some POWER TOOLS! Yay! The theme this month is ORGANIZING!
My contribution is this undercabinet organizer with pull out baskets.
So I decided I was going to change that. My goal was to build a vertical organization system that was easy to use. This is what I came up with:
The final project required nothing more than a half sheet of plywood and some baskets I picked up at the dollar store. The baskets form little “drawers” which slide in and out:
½ inch plywood (1/2 sheet)
5/16 Straight Router Bit
200 grit sandpaper
4-6 plastic baskets (with lip)
Circular Saw (or Table Saw)
Behr Pure Premium Plus Ultra
Paintbrush and/or roller
Drill and 1 inch self tapping wood screws
I started with plywood that was twice as wide as the baskets were deep. So if your baskets are 12 inches long, you need the plywood to be AT LEAST 24 inches wide. The length of the board should be the height of your cabinet times two. This is because you are going to split them in half in both directions to create two sets of "drawers"
Mark the height of the baskets plus 1 inch along the length of the plywood.
Using a guide and a router, rout out notches along the marked lines. This is the slot that the baskets will fit into.
This is what my final plywood looked like. Using a circular or table saw I cut the board in half widthwise and then cut those two pieces in half length wise. This created four sets of draw slides that match exactly.
Next I added a top and bottom to the slides creating a box. Make sure you cut the top and bottom slightly larger than the basket width so it can pull out easily (But not too wide so the baskets fall out.)
I wanted my organizer to also have an area to store stuff under the drainpipe so I created another box taking into account the width of my cabinet.
This is what my final organizer looked like. I didn't attach the pieces together because I needed to maneuver them into place in the cabinet.
I painted the build with the color of the cabinet doors, just to make it prettier. And then I installed it under the cabinet.
I was able to sort everything and give it an assigned space, and getting to and from everything is a piece of cake.
I love how much more organized everything is.. what a great use of vertical space!
The other ladies in this challenge have fabulous projects too. Make sure you check them out!