pantry shelves

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Project by Jeremy Osterhouse posted 12-31-2014 05:56 PM 1087 views 2 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the fall of 2013, my wife and I were talking about putting some shelves into a basement closet to use as as pantry. I figured that we could get those modular wire shelves. Before heading to the store, I thought I’d price it out. While each individual part isn’t too expensive, when I added it all up, it came out to almost $800!

After building a wine rack out of a 2×4, I was feeling ambitious, and thought to myself, “I bet I could build something for cheaper than that.” So I started researching online and thinking and planning.

I ended up building them of BCX plywood, 2×4s, furring strips, and screws. I built these with a circular saw, a couple saw horses, a few pipe clamps, a drill, and a chisel and hammer.

The lower shelves are larger for appliances and get smaller as they go up. At about shoulder height, there’s a 6 inch half shelf that works well for cans without being so deep that things get lost.

One of the big lessons I learned in building this, which has been a theme ever since, is the difference between plans and reality. I am a programmer by day and to a large degree, the plan I make I can execute faithfully in code. Not so with wood. There are physical realities and constraints with wood that I just never encounter with building things digitally. When I was planning these shelves, I thought I would make them out of melamine. I’d buy a 4×8 sheet of the stuff and cut it into shelves. I had everything planned out, but when I got to the store, I wrestled a sheet out of the bay and stood there looking up at this massive, heavy sheet of melamine and realized that there was no way I would be able to do that. In fact, I couldn’t even put it back without the help of a kind passerby

-- Jeremy, N Indiana

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