Love to build kitchen cabinets? Well, you are not alone. I receive lots of emails from literally every corner of the globe asking me to include kitchen cabinet plans. So, I have included another masterstroke plan for how to build an 18″ kitchen base cabinet trash pull out.

Trash Pull Out

One of the major advantages of this cabinet is that it is a multipurpose cabinet. By multipurpose, I mean the cabinet can be used as a ready-to-use cupboard by just adding shelves.

Getting down to the must-have list to get this project up and running

One needs to get a ¾” measuring hardwood plywood sheet neatly cut into strips measuring 8 feet lengthwise and 22 ¾” wide.

You need to have additional plywood boards with the following measurements:

  • 1X2 | 8 feet long | 1 No
  • 2X4 | 8 feet long | 1 No
  • 1X4 | 8 feet long | 1 No

You require additional hardware of the below-mentioned measurements for the drawer slides

Plywood sheet measuring ½”

¼” measuring sheet for the back

Additional Hardware

Finish nails | 1 ¼”

Pocket Hole Screws | 1 ¼”

The list of must-have tools to complete the project:

  • Saw | Circular type
  • Bit Set
  • Tape Measure
  • Speed Square
  • Pencil
  • Safety Glasses
  • Drill
  • Hearing Protection
  • Kreg Jig


I would advise every one of my readers to go through the instruction guidelines even if they are well-versed with safety precautions. Before starting something new, it is always advisable to read the entire guide more than once and make a note of questions that seem to pop up at the back of your mind.

Anyone can work HARD, but chosen ones work SMART! So how do you work smart? It’s simple:

  • Follow basic rules such as working on a neat and a clean surface
  • Have your surroundings free of debris
  • Practice the art of pre-drilling holes before pushing the screws in
  • Intelligently workout a combo of glue-nail wherever firm grip is desired
  • Wear eye gear while drilling
  • Use earplugs if necessary

Getting down to the dimensions

Good to have cut list

For the Box

  • 1X24 | Sides measurement: 31″ | 2 No’s
  • 1X24 | Bottom measurement: 16″ | 1 No
  • 1X4 | Countertop support: 22″ | 2 No’s
  • Plywood sheet | Measurement 1 ¼” for the back | Dimensions 17 ½” X 34 ½”

Face Frames

  • 1X2 |15″ | 2 No’s
  • 1X2 |31″ | 2 No’s


2X4 | 17 ½” | 4 No’s

Drawer assembly measurements

  • Plywood board thickness 2 ½” | Measurements: 22 ¾”X3″ | 2 No’s
    • 1X4 | 14″ | 2 No’s
    • 1X4 | 21 ¼” | 2 No’s


Overall measurement 30 ¼” X 17 ½”

Other helpful instructions

When I say 1X24 boards, I simply mean to say ¾” ripped plywood strips measuring 22 ¾” wide X 8 feet long.

Step-by-step instructional guide

01. Before beginning to assemble, ensure that you drill the pocket holes neatly before assembling. It should be noted that it is easier to have pocket holes drilled on boards rather than on trash bins. Have the bottom portion of the cabinet attached to the sides with Pocket Hole Screws and Glue.

02. Now, consider getting back to the back support. Use the scraps that were left in earlier steps for supports.

03. Have the face frames built on a surface that is smooth and flat. Ensure the joints with the following measurements: Pocket Holes measuring ¾” to have the 1¼” screws through with glue.

04. Attach the countertop and the sides for having the necessary lateral support.

05. Have the base built separately with Pocket Holes measuring 1½”. Attach it firmly with the glue. Always ensure you drill ¾” Pocket Holes for attaching the base cabinet.

06. You will be working more on drawer slides from this step. Have the mounts neatly slid for the standard sized slides. You might also consider having the mount at the height of the trash can stored.

07. It should be noted that for the trash pullout, the can is dependent on the trash type that one intends to use it for. Nevertheless, one can also add more compartments on an as-needed basis.

Note: If you decide to add more compartments, consider using cross supports for ensuring extra support.

08. Have the pullout assembly of the trash attached to the door, with the door flushed to the bottom with ¼” gap on each side. Use screws to tighten the cabinet.

09. For doors, it is advisable to order them rather than building them. You get doors in all sorts of designs and dimensions; one needs to look at the right one.

10. Finally, proceed to add the back plywood board and use nails to have the grip firmly placed.


Post completion of the project, check for any gaping holes. Once you have them identified have them filled with wood fillers and allow ample time to let it dry.

Sand the finished surface to ensure smoothness and consider wiping the surface clean with a clean damp cloth. One might also consider using wood conditioner or a primer, if necessary.

However, during the course of the project, if you get stuck or hit any roadblocks, you can get in touch with me. Alternatively, you can join the discussions by commenting in the comment box below.

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