Hi, I am replacing my kitchen shelves with pull out shelves...you know, the "my back hates me solution." In one shelf I want to build a removable box for potatoes, onions, etc. My question is what kind of wood or ply would you recommend? I would like to put air holes throughout the box, have it removable, and then finish it. Suggestions on finish are also appreciated. I have been finishing the shelves with Deft but am open to opinions since food products will be in contact. Lastly, I would like the material to be thin so I don't lose too much room to the box itself.
Thanks in advance for your input.
These look nice, except that company discontinued them...
Well... Wall cabinet lifts are spendee, but here's an example: Rev-A-Shelf
They are ideal for someone in a wheel chair or short in height. But might give you ideas. I know there's more out there if you google "wall cabinet lifts" or "kitchen pulldown cabinets"
I've build custom cabinets with pull-out drawers. They were inside the cabinets. The frame for the drawers were short drawer frames made from 3/4" x 1-1/2" high oak veneer ply (oak banding) for sides/front/back of the drawer with 1/2" oak veneer ply for the bottoms. These were attached to drawer slides. The removable drawers were 3/4" x 4" high (and higher) oak veneer (oak banding) with 1/2 Oak veneer bottoms. 4 cabinets made that way.
Why the 3/4" ply? It was for a chef. For instance, one side top was granite, other side top was end-grain cutting board, with a lower stainless trough between. With the doors closed, it just looked like cabinets. Inside was removable drawers of various sizes. Cabinets were divided into foodstuffs, cooking utensils and other such. I also built in toe-kick drawers... but personally, they add space, but those are too low for me to use comfortably (my knee and back).
This places catalog should give you ideas: Pull out shelves that slide from $30.95 custom kitchen pullout shelf 20 years of rollout pantry shelving pull-outs roll