Sliding Storage

This project creates functional storage from limited space.

Sliding Storage

This project creates functional storage from limited space.

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(2) ¾" × 5¼" × 63¼" AC plywood boards (sides)
(2) ¾" × 5¼" × 24¾" AC plywood boards (top and bottom)
23" × 65" luan wood board (backing)
21" × 63" pegboard (inside)
¾" × 5½" × 67" poplar board (face of the door)
(4) 1" × 2" × 62¼" pre-primed pieces of pine (side trim)
(4) 1" × 2" × 23¾" pre-primed pieces of pine (top and bottom trim)
Circular saw
Wood glue
Pneumatic nail gun
18-gauge finishing nails
¾" wood screws
1" × 24" drawer slider
2" caster
Drill driver
3 /16" drill bit
Gold door handle
Paint roller
Tape measure
Speed square


1. First, make the box. Apply a strip of wood glue to one 1" × 2" × 62¼" piece of side trim, and attach it to one ¾" × 5 ¼" × 63¼" AC plywood board. Make sure to place it on the far end so the edges are flush with each other

2. Using the pneumatic nail gun and 18-gauge finishing nails, insert nails along the trim every 6"

3. Stand the plywood on its side (trim towards the bottom), and line it up with one ¾" × 5 ¼" × 24 ¾" top/bottom piece. Apply wood glue where the two boards connect

4. Secure the connection with finishing nails, spacing them about 1" apart

5. Use the speed square to make sure corners are perfectly square

6. Connect the other ¾" × 5¼" × 63¼" side board. Apply the wood glue, and then carefully place it on the available side of the ¾" × 5¼" × 24¾" plywood board. Then secure it with the pneumatic nail gun and finishing nails, spacing the nails 1" apart. Continue to use the speed square to check the 90-degree angles

7. Complete the box by adding wood glue to the exposed ends and then attaching the last ¾" × 5¼" × 24¾" plywood board

8. Secure with finishing nails on both connecting corners, spacing nails 1" apart

9. Next, as in step 1, apply strips of wood glue to two 1" × 2" × 23¾" pieces of trim and one 1" × 2" × 62¼" piece of trim, and match them to the remaining side and top and bottom that need trim. The short trim will match with the short plywood boards (top and bottom) and the long trim will match with the leftover plywood side

10. Secure the trim to the plywood with the nail gun and finishing nails, spacing nails 6" apart

Note:Disregard the pegboard in the visual examples above – the instructions for placement will be provided in later steps.

11. The trim is now secured to the plywood. This trim will act as a ledger (supporting boards) for the pegboard. Drop the 21" × 60" pegboard on top of the trim

12. Insert finishing nails around the perimeter of the pegboard every 6". The nails should be inserted through pegboard and into the trim below it

13. Once the pegboard is secured on top of the trim, place another set of trim on top of the pegboard so the board is sandwiched between

14. Secure the new set of trim on top of the pegboard with finishing nails spaced every 6" into the plywood that rests alongside it

15. Now that the pegboard and trim are all set, flip the structure over so the back is facing up

16. Place the 23" × 65" luan board on the backing of the structure. Make sure to match up the corners

17. Once the luan board is perfectly lined up, secure the perimeter of the board with finishing nails every 6"

18. Next, attach the 1" × 24" drawer slider. First, determine which short side is going to be the bottom. Then drill the ½" wood screws into the drawer slider, securing it to the bottom. Make sure the slider is about 2½" from the edges, as shown

19. Use the ½" wood screws to attach the 2" casters in all four corners

20. Find the center point of the ¾" × 5 ½" × 70" poplar board (2¾" inward and 35" tall). This is where the door handle will be placed. Mark the point with a pencil. This piece will be the door’s face

Designer Note:If you have kids, you can place the handle a little lower.

21. Use a 3/16" drill bit to make preliminary holes for the handle

22. Screw in the door handle with the ¾" wood screws, drilling in from the back

23. Attach the door’s face to whichever side you’ll need to pull from, and secure the edges with four finishing nails at the bottom and the top. There should be about 3½" extending from each end

24. Time to paint! Pour the desired paint color in a paint tray and apply paint to the structure with paint rollers and brushes. Allow to dry for 4 hours