Build a Custom Rollout Cabinet
Pushed beneath the counter, it’s a cabinet with an adjustable shelf. Pulled out, it’s an extra work surface with a butcher-block top.
Synopsis: Carpenter Paul Johnson details the custom rollout cabinet he built to act as an island that also integrates with the cabinetry in his client’s kitchen. The cabinet is made from prefinished maple plywood with swiveling casters that roll easily, and has a 7/8-in.-thick face frame attached with pocket screws. It also has a paneled door designed to look like the rest of the cabinets, as well as a butcher-block top. In order to guide the cabinet into it’s housing easily, Johnson tapered the housing to have a 1/32-in. clearance on each side in the back, with a 1/2-in. gap in the front. The face frame has a 1/4-in. overhang, allowing a 1/4-in. gap on each side. The article includes a detailed drawing of the cabinet construction.
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