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DIY Pull-Out Slotted Drawer For Cookie Sheets, Pizza Pans, Cutting Boards, Etc.

I’m back with another kitchen/pantry organization project that I’m pretty excited about. I worked more on my pantry yesterday, and I spent the afternoon building and installing this custom DIY pull-out slotted drawer for baking sheets, pizza pans and baking dishes.

DIY pull-out slotted storage drawer for cookie sheets, pizza pans, cutting boards, etc.

It’s nothing fancy — no fancy corner joints or hidden dowels. It’s just a very basic drawer with butt joints and visible staples where everything is attached. But it’s very sturdy, easy to make, and very functional.

The whole drawer took almost one sheet of 1/2-inch plywood, which means it cost around $45 with the drawer slides.

And speaking of drawer slides, these are the ones I buy. That’s the best price I’ve found on full-extension ball bearing drawer slides. The price at Home Depot is about two to three times that amount per pair, depending on which brand you get. These are not the soft automatic close slides, but I really don’t care about that. As long as the drawer slides move easily and smoothly, are full-extension, and will hold the weight of the drawer and the items in it (these are rated for 100 pounds), then I’m happy.

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When building drawers or pull-out shelves, I always install the drawer slides before I even begin building the drawer. The main thing to remember when installing drawer slides is that you need to make sure you shim out the drawer slides enough so that the slide will clear any face frames on the cabinets, and the slides and drawer will will clear any cabinet door hinges. I had to shim mine out an inch on either side (I used two layers of 1/2-inch plywood) so that my slides would clear the face frames and the sides of the pull-out drawer would clear the cabinet door hinges.

DIY pull-out vertical storage drawer - install drawer slides in cabinet before buidling drawer

When installing drawer slides, you generally have to remove the piece that attaches to the sides of the drawer. So when the slides are installed inside the cabinet, I replace those pieces that attach to the drawers, pull the slides out about three inches, and measure between the slides for the drawer width.

With my measurements in hand, I’m ready to begin building the drawer. My drawer needed to be 23.25 inches wide, 21.5 inches long, and 14 inches tall at the back. But for easy access to the cookie sheets and other items stored in the slots, I wanted a slanted design. So I decided on six inches for the front.

For the bottom piece, I subtracted one inch from both the width and length (since I was using 1/2-inch plywood for the sides) and cut the bottom piece to 22.25 inches by 20.5 inches. Then I cut the two side pieces to 20.5 inches by 14 inches, and then used my jigsaw to cut an angled top edge.

DIY pull-out slotted cookie sheet storage drawer - step 1 - cut bottom and attach slanted sides

I attached those sides to the bottom piece using wood glue and my  narrow crown staple gun. (This is the stapler I have, which I use with this air compressor.) I’ve learned that when building drawers, staples hold much more securely than nails, so my stapler has been getting quite the work out lately as I’ve been working on my pantry.

Next, I cut the piece for the front and attached it with wood glue and staples. This piece was 23.25 inches by 6 inches.

DIY pull-out slotted cookie sheet storage drawer - step 2 - attach front of drawer

And then I cut and attached the piece for the back. This one was 23.25 inches by 14 inches.

DIY pull-out slotted cookie sheet storage drawer - step 3 - attach back of drawer

Next, I cut six dividers to go inside the drawer. Using the side of the drawer as a pattern, I traced the angle for the top edge onto one of the pieces, and then stacked three pieces at a time to cut them with the jigsaw. I couldn’t find my awesome jigsaw, so I had to use my old cheaper one, which doesn’t cut as well. (Jigsaws are one tool that you don’t want to skimp on. You get what you pay for.) So I ended up with some very uneven top edges.

DIY pull-out slotted cookie sheet storage drawer - step 4 - cut vertical dividers to go inside the drawer

So I clamped all six pieces together, and then used my rotary sander with 40-grit sandpaper on it to sand the top edges until they were all uniform.

DIY pull-out slotted cookie sheet storage drawer - step 5 - sand the vertical drawer dividers

They still needed sanding individually once I unclamped them, but at least the top angled edge was uniform on all six of them now.

Then I placed all six dividers into the drawer and shoved them all over to one side, and measured the remaining width in the drawer.

DIY pull-out slotted cookie sheet storage drawer - step 6 - measure for spacing of dividers

I divided that by seven (six dividers would give me seven slots). That gave me a measurement of 2.79 inches for each slot, so I rounded down to 2.75 and used my table saw to rip two scrap pieces of plywood to 2.75 inches wide so that I could use these as spacers while attaching the drawer dividers.

Starting on one end, I placed a spacer at the front and back of the drawer right up against the side, and then placed a drawer divider right up against the spacers.

DIY pull-out slotted cookie sheet storage drawer - step 7 - cut spacers to use for installing drawer dividers

I stapled right through the front of the drawer and into the edge of the drawer divider to secure it into place. I eyeballed the first (top) staple placement on both the front and back of the drawer, and then I used my framing square to draw a vertical line so that I’d know where to put the rest of the staples.

DIY pull-out slotted cookie sheet storage drawer - step 8 - attach drawer dividers with narrow crown staple gun

Once all of the drawer dividers were stapled into place, I sanded the whole thing, using my rotary sander on all of the flat areas and the butt joints, and then I sanded all of the edges by hand. The sanding process got rid of all of the pencil marks and minimized the appearance of the staples. I was fine with that as a finished look, but if the staples bother you, you can always cover over them with a dab of wood filler and then sand it smooth to make them practically disappear.

And here is my finished slotted drawer, ready and waiting for the drawer slides to be attached.

DIY pull-out slotted cookie sheet storage drawer - step 9 - sand the entire thing to finish

And here she is all installed…

How to make a pull-out slotted storage drawer for kitchen storage

I am ridiculously excited about this drawer.

How to make a pull-out slotted storage drawer for cookie sheets and cutting boards

I do about 95% of my cooking on the stove top, so I don’t really need all of my baking sheets and pans taking up space in my kitchen. But I also hate digging through stacks of things trying to find what I need on those occasions when I do want to make something in the oven.

DIY pull-out slotted storage drawer for cookie sheets

So this is the perfect solution for me. It’s out of the way, and yet allows quick and easy access when I need them.

DIY pull-out vertical storage drawer for cookie sheets, pizza pans, cutting boards, etc.

And the best thing is that any cabinet can be converted into a pull-out slotted drawer for this type of storage. If you currently have a cabinet with stacks of baking sheet, remove those stacks, add some drawer slides, build a slotted drawer, and make your life a bit easier!

DIY pull-out slotted storage drawer for cookie sheets, pizza pans, cutting boards, etc.


Update:

My pantry is finished! Want to see the entire project from start to finish? You can find every single post about the pantry build right here…

Or you can skip to the end and see how it turned out. Here’s a peek of the finished pantry…

Butler's pantry remodel with dark teal lower cabinets, floating corner shelves, and whitewashed wood countertop

You can see more pictures on the before and after post right here…



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46 Comments

  • Reply To This Comment
    Kathy from Tennessee
    November 29, 2018 at 9:42 am

    I AM RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS DRAWER!!! I’m showing it to my hubby right away…I need this in my life…Thanks for the tutorial…You are so talented!

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    Emily R
    November 29, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I don’t understand why you don’t use your table saw rather than the jigsaw to cut the angle? Wouldn’t that be easier than a jigsaw and you’d get consistent cuts?

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      Kristi
      November 29, 2018 at 9:48 am

      That definitely would have worked better.

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      Jen
      November 29, 2018 at 11:40 am

      It would be pretty difficult to cut this angle safely on a tablesaw, without building a time consuming jig. It’d be much easier to use a track saw or skilsaw along a straight edge to cut the angle

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    Kasey
    November 29, 2018 at 9:45 am

    If I were you, I would build another shallow drawer for above this one so you wouldn’t lose all that vertical space at the top of the cabinet. Unless you might possibly put taller things in this slotted drawer at one point, you could easily fit another drawer that’s a few inches in depth at the top of this cabinet. But, I love this drawer!!

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      Kristi
      November 29, 2018 at 9:46 am

      I’ll be doing exactly that. 🙂 I just didn’t have time yesterday after finishing this drawer to build another drawer. I also wanted to get this one built, installed and loaded with all of my baking sheets so that I could see exactly where the top pull-out shelf needed to be placed.

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        Kasey
        November 29, 2018 at 9:50 am

        Haha, sorry to jump the gun! I should have known you would already be planning that. Can’t wait to see the results!

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        Maureen Albertson
        November 29, 2018 at 11:31 am

        That was what I was figuring..have to load it to determine the head space.

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        Sarah
        November 29, 2018 at 12:09 pm

        love this! Can’t stop guessing what is going to be organized and stored in the top “drawer”…..?

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    Theresa P
    November 29, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Very cool!

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    Kristin L
    November 29, 2018 at 9:51 am

    That is awesome! Looks like you have enough space above the pull out to build another one if needed!

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    Sue
    November 29, 2018 at 10:06 am

    I also have a divided cupboard for my baking items. It doesn’t slide out but it sure helps when I’m looking for a certain pan or baking dish. You will love using this!

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    Barbara H.
    November 29, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Great job and helpful instructions – thanks!

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    Laurie
    November 29, 2018 at 10:42 am

    I so need one of these (if only I had the room).

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    Kelly
    November 29, 2018 at 11:03 am

    I. LOVE. THIS.

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    Andrea
    November 29, 2018 at 11:13 am

    OOOooh that organizer makes me giddy. I love that it holds those dang 13x9s too. Very nice. VERY nice. This is amazing. I just bought the big 24 reg cupcake and 48 count mini pans and I would love to be able to store them out of the way. Along with all my other baking accoutrements.

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    Susan
    November 29, 2018 at 11:16 am

    This is awesome, and I can’t wait to make this!! I always LOVE your posts and everything you do, but yesterday’s and today’s posts really have me excited to get to work this weekend!!

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    Gina
    November 29, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Wonderful! Your talents are endless Christie! I’m curious ….. how do you finish off the plywood draws and inside the cabinets? Do you varnish the final product or just leave them as is?

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      Susan
      November 29, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      They sell a one coat polyurethane that you can use. I used it on all of the insides of my kitchen cabinets. It’s easy to do because it’s only one time brushing it on. And easy to keep clean.

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      Kristi
      November 29, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      So far, I’ve just left them as is. I bought a new gallon of General Finishes clearcoat in a matte finish just in case I decide to clear coat all of the plywood. I’m still undecided. If this were a kitchen, I’d definitely be clear coating all of the plywood, but I’m just not so sure how necessary that is in a pantry where I won’t be preparing food.

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        Adele
        November 29, 2018 at 4:51 pm

        But you might be spilling food, have cans burst (don’t let that can of tomato juice sit hidden in the back of the cupboard for years!), bottles break, containers leak.

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    PML
    November 29, 2018 at 11:39 am

    I have something similar to this, only it doesn’t pull out and yours is WAY MORE AWESOME!! This just made the top of my Christmas list.

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    Shannon
    November 29, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    This is awesome! I keep telling my husband that we need a couple of these in our kitchen!
    By the way when I clicked the link for the drawer slides my Ebates cash back app popped up, not sure if you use Ebates when buying all your stuff online, but it is the best sight I have found for online purchase cash back. You can get 3% back on those drawer slides right now since they are in the home improvement department. https://www.ebates.com/r/SBERNA23?eeid=28187

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    Barbara Borowy
    November 29, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    BRILLIANT!!!!

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    Diana
    November 29, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Kristi,

    Happy to see you are excited once again about working in your pantry which seems to get more awesome by the day.

    Being able to use the pantry as a pantry must feel wonderful too. I would imagine that your mind is racing a mile a minute figuring out all the small projects that would make your life so much easier.

    Always look forward to your posts.

    Diana

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    Mary O.
    November 29, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    We follow a special diet and I cook every bite of food we eat. It helps A LOT to have the kitchen organized. It is time well spent.

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    Rebecca B
    November 29, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Suppose its a cabinet that is on the end and the end such as a kitchen island? Do the screws which attache the slides to the cabinet go through the shims and stop before they can go through the woodwork? Are the shims glued only in that case or would you put small finishing nails right through the cabinet sides?

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      Kristi
      November 29, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      I attach the shims with wood glue and 16-gauge nails, and I decide on the length based on the thickness of the material. My cabinets are made of 3/4-inch plywood, and I used 1/2-inch plywood for the shims, so I used 3/4-inch 16-gauge nails to attach the shims. I needed two shims per side, but I attached them one at a time. Then I attached the drawer slides using 1/2-inch screws. I could have used 1-inch screws, which would have gone through the shim and the cabinet sides, but I only had 1/2-inch on hand.

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    Mrs Mike
    November 29, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    I have serious pantry envy, lol. This is going to be SO lovely when you’re done!!!

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    Marianne in Mo.
    November 29, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Really cool! What makes this so special is the full extension drawer slides, making access so easy!

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    Linda
    November 29, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    My absolute all time favorite of all the things you’ve made. It would be so nice to have this is any kitchen!

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    Beth
    November 29, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    You amaze me every day gal!

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    Joyce
    November 29, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Very nice! I need one!

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    Linda
    November 29, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    OEMGEE!! I am speechless! I NEED one of those fabulous looking things! Great job!!

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    Sabrina
    November 29, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Neat idea. And I spy pink Pyrex!

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    Pam
    November 30, 2018 at 9:51 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! Great idea and tutorial! It’s coming right along… 🙂

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    Jen
    November 30, 2018 at 10:29 am

    What a great idea and tutorial! Definitely going to try this!

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    Elaine
    November 30, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    This is awesome, i have a drawer already but everything is just laying flat and its a pain to get to the things on the bottom. I think i could make an insert that works just like this.

    Quick question, has anyone been getting email updates recently about new posts that are out of order, sporadic or days after the post was published? Not sure if its just me!

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    Cindy
    November 30, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Beautiful job, Kristi! Do you have some taller pans that you’ll be storing in there? If not, you have enough room to install a shelf above the pans or to install a shorter drawer.

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    Gilmer Gal
    December 1, 2018 at 10:30 am

    This is a great addition! So easy to grab instead of having to dig for your item! Goes into my ‘new house’ file! Your pantry is coming along beautifully

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    The Modest Mansion
    December 1, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Kristi – great idea, and it looks like a pro built it! We recently moved from a house with a walk-in pantry to one with pull-out drawers, and to our surprise, we like it better. We don’t have this cool feature, though – might have to find a way to work it in somewhere!!

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    Mercedes
    December 2, 2018 at 9:12 am

    This is so awesome, Kristi!
    I had a question about if this could be done with undermount/bottom mount slides?
    A row of our cabinets don’t have internal sides so I’d have to put the slides underneath the insert.
    Anything you can think of that might make this adaption difficult?

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