Large Kitchen Pantry

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Project by JasonZahn posted 02-08-2015 01:44 PM 2206 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m wrapping up the finishing details on a pantry cabinet for our kitchen, which I’ve been renovating for what seems like forever.

As a new wood worker, this was a challenging project, and I learned immensely from jumping in and going for it.

About the cabinet: I used 3/4” prefinished birch ply for all case parts, with the exception of the back, which is 1/2”. Joinery was nothing fancy- I used pocket hole joinery and screws and glue for most of it. I figured this was the easiest approach being a newbie, plus being a painted project it was a good option. All things said and done, it ended up rock solid. The face frames on the main cabinet and the interior units are poplar.

The interior units are basically little independent face frame units that are mounted to the vertical center divider with piano hinges. They swing out, which allows for full access to the rear adjustable shelves, mounted on standards.

The top portion of the cabinet allows storage for serving trays etc., however I need to build a step stool for my wife…the pantry is 96” tall.

I feel sort of like a cheat, but I outsourced the doors. I wasn’t comfortable with my skill level to tackle the big lower doors…I figured I’d be better off starting on a smaller scale. I used a company named Raw Doors, and they turned out great. I am really pleased with them.

The cabinet was painted with a Benjamin Moore product that self levels. I cannot say enough about this paint. The name escapes me right now, but I want to say it might be called ‘Advanced’ or something. It left a fantastic finish that I know I couldn’t have achieved with ‘regular’ paint.

I still have to trim out and paint the toe kick, and add the crown to the top.

The overall dimensions are 96” tall, 36” wide, and 24” deep.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 02-08-2015 07:08 PM

Awesome project! Love your idea on to maximize storage and make everything easily accessible. We have pretty much the exact same pantry in our kitchen with regards to size/shape and now you got me thinking about what I can do with it instead of the 5 shelves that are in it now. Thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 02-09-2015 12:59 AM

Thanks for the comment. I picked up the idea for the interior components from my parent’s pantry, which is a Kraftmaid I believe. I looked into that line, but when I saw the price, my only option was to build my own. I think they ran close to $2K!

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#3 posted 02-09-2015 07:29 AM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 02-09-2015 12:21 PM

Thanks a lot!

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#5 posted 02-10-2015 01:31 PM

I like the pantry but the stove and oven are much too small to cook anything on.
Well done.

PS: If you can handle the pantry, you could have handled the doors too. Get a set of door making router bits and have at it. Don’t even need the expensive raised panel bit right away if you use plywood for the insert.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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