Notes from the workday. #10: Pantry continued

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Blog entry by vicrider posted 06-03-2011 05:17 AM 2228 reads 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Pics of two of the three pantry sub assemblies; if you look closely you can see the flush inset shelf supports.

Then came a full oak ply surround, with partitions at the top to mount full extension 22” drawer glides to the sides which support and align the tops of the rolling shelf units. Here it is installed.

Double checking level and plumb as first unit is attached at the top glides….

Second unit….

And the third, note the minimum clearance at the floor…...

Now we attach 1×12 oak fronts, stained and edged to match the existing cabinets.

and finally, here they are in use!

The Mrs. of the house was using deep drawers for her canned and bottled goods. She was ecstatic with the room and visibility provided with this installation. The units are heavily loaded, but roll quite nicely, and hold a surprising amount of pantry goods. Now she uses her deep drawers for pots and pans. I am suggesting a pot and pan rack (see my projects) but she is pretty content with her new kitchen floor and pantry.

I welcome comments on this installation as it is the first time I have done this and am interested in how you LJ’s feel about it.


-- vicrider

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 05:25 AM

Oh, jeez..those are fantastic. What a great use of that space for all the heavy stuff. Wife looking over my shoulder now deciding if this is a change order for tomorrow.

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#2 posted 06-03-2011 09:22 AM

The only thing I don’t like about those kinds of cabinets is that there’s no easy way to store cans. Yours has the excellent idea of adjustable shelves, however, and that’s not a usual feature. Now, if someone can come with some of those gizmos to enable proper rotation of canned goods…

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#3 posted 06-03-2011 11:54 AM

Good to see you back on LJ’s Vicrider! Also glad the wife isn’t with this project you’ve done or I know what I’d be doing!
Great job on the design as well as the finished product!

-- Tom L. Williams ~ The difference between a man and a boy is the price of his toys.

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#4 posted 06-03-2011 04:05 PM

Thanks for the comments, LJ’s,

One thing I missed mentioning is that each shelf has a lip on each side to prevent the contents from sliding off. Also, the fit is snug so they don’t rattle or move.

As for visibility, the Mrs. is pretty organized and with this many shelves she doesn’t have to stack cans or boxes so access is pretty good. I think it is at least as good as a typical pantry. But, I agree that rotating units would be better. I just don’t have that engineered yet. We did the whole install for about $600, including pine, oak, oak ply, casters, shelf supports, glides, stain, and finish. I did this for my best friends with their help, so the labor was free…..

I don’t know if you can tell but the Mr. of the house made sure his items were on the nearest unit.

-- vicrider

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