Pantry door storage

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Project by Woodchuck4 posted 01-14-2019 06:08 PM 1623 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a honey-do request, but the best part of this project is that it was 100% free in materials. I made it all out of scraps or materials I already had on hand. Plus it’s an example of my wood/scrap “hoarding” justification. All of this stuff was previously taking up valuable shelf space in the pantry or in some cabinet. She wanted an easy place to see all the spices/seasonings/etc.

She was trying to figure out how she wanted everything laid out on the door and then I got an idea. I just popped the door off the hinges, set it on the ground and told her to start putting stuff on it and then we’d know exactly what stuff would fit and how it’d fit (pic shown above).

Then I did a quick model in sketchup (love doing that to do any final tweaks and get cut measurements. As you can see, I utilized as much of the width of the door that I could with it still being able to shut. With all the stuff in it I joked that it felt like a vault door closing.

Cabinet is made from 3/4” MDF, the stained pieces are from leftover scraps of cedar pickets from when I rebuilt our backyard fence.

Thanks for looking,

-- Nathan, Fort Worth TX

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#1 posted 01-14-2019 06:21 PM

I am liking this idea. Might have to use it at the house.

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#2 posted 01-14-2019 06:49 PM

Very nice.
Hopefully the door doesn’t start sagging at some point….....even if it does, there is a solution for that which you can deal with in the future.

-- "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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#3 posted 01-14-2019 09:57 PM

Nice work! I’ve been kicking around a similar idea for the bathroom door near my kitchen. Clearing the door frame is my biggest concern. Looks like you planned that part well!

Any concern about the weight of the door for opening/closing, or strain on the hinges?

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#4 posted 01-15-2019 01:19 AM

If the weight of the door becomes a problem, you could always put a wheel of some sorts on the bottom of the door to support the weight.

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#5 posted 01-15-2019 12:45 PM

@JKMDETAIL – Thanks, the wife has really liked it.

@ohwoodeye – I should have mentioned in the post but this is a project I did a bit ago. I actually installed this in November 2017. Door still opens/closes fine and the gap around the frame is still consistent. The weight isn’t all that bad, and by attaching it to the top and bottom solid sections of the door I think that helps the distribution…I’m not an engineer though and still learning so that’s at least the logic I told myself when hanging it heh.

@AM420 – Thanks, yeah if you look closely the bottom half of the uni is actually deeper. It can hold two soup cans deep; so I had to really pay attention to where I hung it on the door. The standard hinges are already over built in my mind for a hollow core door; so the other thing I did was replace the normal screws on the hinge/door frame side with some ~2-1/2” deck screws to give the hinge some extra grab.

@splinterpicker – That’s not a bad idea at all. It’s been in operations for a little over a year with no movement yet, but I’m definitely going to keep this suggestion in mind.

-- Nathan, Fort Worth TX

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#6 posted 01-15-2019 02:51 PM

I like how you let her lay out on door herself happy wife happy life is it fasten to the door just with screws top and bottom ? GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#7 posted 01-15-2019 03:32 PM

Well done! I have similar shelves on what we call our cellarway. The shelves on the wall heading down to the basement.

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#8 posted 01-15-2019 05:10 PM

I like this a lot…. just wondering how I would keep the kids from climbing it!

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