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Old 06-08-2016, 10:23 PM   #1
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Kitchen drawer mod

Couldn't find a cutlery tray that fit in the kitchen drawer. Seems to me I saw that somebody found or made a cutlery tray that sat at the top of the drawer so that one could also put "stuff" underneath the tray. Soooo, to the shop I go and fashioned one from 1/4" baltic birch. The tray slides on a couple of shims (same plywood) that I glued to the insides of the drawer. You can see them in the second picture. Need something underneath, simply take the tray out. Now instead of the cutlery being stored in a plastic cutlery tray in the cupboard, it's in the drawer (where I think it should be).

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Old 06-08-2016, 10:43 PM   #2
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Very nicely done Fred I all so made my own cutlery trays for my Escape 19. But yours are one step above mine with the underneath storage I really like that concept. I will be copying your design on my new trailer
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Old 06-08-2016, 11:05 PM   #3
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Nice job and very clever.

This is going on the To-Do List when we get back home from our Madventure in Nov.

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Old 06-08-2016, 11:14 PM   #4
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Very nice.
For the less talented, just two trays of the same size which both fit can simply be stacked - lift out the top one to get to the contents of the bottom one.
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Hi: All... From the less talented...mine is by Rubbermaid. Their small tray cost about 5 bucks. Alf
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Old 06-09-2016, 01:40 PM   #6
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Hi: All... From the less talented...mine is by Rubbermaid. Their small tray cost about 5 bucks. Alf
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Hi Alf. Our drawers (17B) measure 8 7/16" wide (inside dimensions). Are the drawers in the 5.0TA wider than that by any chance?

It was your tray picture that gave me the idea I think. But I couldn't find a tray that fit into the drawer. Maybe I didn't look hard enough or in the right places!

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Old 06-09-2016, 01:58 PM   #7
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The Rubbermaid tray is about 3/4" too wide for the drawers in the 17B. It can be squeezed to fit in if you cut the lip off -- but that defeats the purpose of the lip!
I'm still looking for a suitable alternative exactly the right size.
I really like & want the functionality of the two-tier approach.
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Hi Alf. Our drawers (17B) measure 8 7/16" wide (inside dimensions). Are the drawers in the 5.0TA wider than that by any chance?

It was your tray picture that gave me the idea I think. But I couldn't find a tray that fit into the drawer. Maybe I didn't look hard enough or in the right places!

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Hi: fbalexander... Drawer box on our 5.0TA measures 8& 3/8th's wide inside edge to edge.
Rubbermaid small utensil organizer is what we used. The 9" W. dimention must include the lip on both sides. Yours look a lot nicer though!!!
http://www.rubbermaid.comAlf
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The Rubbermaid tray is about 3/4" too wide for the drawers in the 17B. It can be squeezed to fit in if you cut the lip off -- but that defeats the purpose of the lip!
I'm still looking for a suitable alternative exactly the right size.
I really like & want the functionality of the two-tier approach.
Hi: maurerl... I always take the "Two tear" approach!!! Sometimes it really makes you wanna cry Alf
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:23 PM   #10
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I had to trim the edges of my Rubbermaid divider ( have a 17B ), so it just sits in the drawer.
Lee Valley tools has a couple of offerings that may be adapted:

Wooden Cutlery Trays - Lee Valley Tools
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