Pantry Shelving

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Project by RGtools posted 02-19-2012 12:01 AM 3081 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a solution in a hurry last fall. I took about twelve hours to build this hand-tool only.

In case it’s not obvious from the pics, I left everything fairly rough on purpose.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#1 posted 02-19-2012 12:08 AM

Man there is nothing better than home canned food. Looks like you are doing a good job in that respect and the shelves look great. Nice job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 02-19-2012 12:15 AM

Looks like a fun build, i like the sliding dovetail.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 12:23 AM

nice work Ryan.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 12:34 AM

Now I’m hungry again. Looks like a fun build Ryan. I love a utilitarian project once in a while where you can just go for it. Good job!

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 12:38 AM

Nice work, done the old craftsman way.


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#6 posted 02-19-2012 12:40 AM

Yummies…..if you don’t live too far, I’ll trade a few jars for some wood! Necessity is the mother of invention.

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#7 posted 02-19-2012 01:00 AM

Great work and the contents of those jars has me drooling…lol

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#8 posted 02-19-2012 03:22 AM

I hate to say it but I’m more intested in whats in the jars than your fully functional shelfs.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#9 posted 02-19-2012 04:13 AM

Thanks everyone.

We live off our land as best we can. This means canning lots of food for the winter. Top shelf is a ton of dragons tongue beans (which have purple speckling when they are fresh). There is also applesauce, pasta sauce, peaches (soaked in brandy), there is also salsa some years but our pepper cropped was miserable this year.

No cheese this year either….that’s going to be a long wait.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#10 posted 02-19-2012 05:42 AM

looking good all around
the shelfunite in the background for a future wineyard :-)


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#11 posted 02-19-2012 08:30 AM

Great, practical craftsmanship

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#12 posted 02-19-2012 12:20 PM

yum yum. nuttin better than home canned goods. the shelf is nice also. I like the wine rack in the background

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#13 posted 02-19-2012 07:26 PM

Looking good!
And what a wonderful lot of good stuff in those glasses.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#14 posted 02-20-2012 05:20 PM

I really like it Ryan. Having the craftsman’s tool marks being so evident makes it that much more appealing to me. Hand-cut sliding dovetail?!? Oh man. Great job.

You used standard dadoes for the middle two shelves and a sliding dovetail for the bottom shelf, correct? Is there a particular reason for this? What did you use for the back and how did you attach it?


-- ~Tony

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#15 posted 02-20-2012 07:21 PM

The casework has no bottom shelf, so through dovtails were out. The case was designed to this affect so I could fit the tupperware containers that store beans and some other dry goods under them. The sliding dovetail was a considerationg for strength (and since I have on occassion had to slide the shelving across the floor while fully loaded I am glad I took the extra time). I cut dado’s in the middle shelves because they were a tad faster than the sliding DT and I figured that the one SDT shelf on the bottom would accomplish the strength I was looking for.

One of the main reasons I did not post this cabinet earlier is because (as usual) I forgot to take some pictures in the shop. As a result, I can’t really show some of my favorite design elements in the peice. The back is one of those cases. It is a shiplapped back with chamfers to conceal any flaws in my work. This is rabbetted and nailed into the back to allow for movement and is chamfered on the back for appearance sake in case someone ever looks at the back of the cabinet. It’s also nailed to the middle shelves to help eliminate any sag from the weight of the jars.

If I would have had this to to over again I would have made the top and bottom shelves extra wide like the middle ones so I could have done the roundover on all the edges…but as it stands, it might give a future craftsman something to scratch his head over.

I also coped out a semi circle in the base to create legs…this made adjusting any twist in the bottom VERY simple.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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