Building an Oak Pantry Cabinet
Building a corner oak pantry cabinet will make use of much wasted space, while providing extra storage for pantry items. This quick and easy project can be accomplished in one or two weekends, is very economical to build and will add a touch of distinction and elegance to any kitchen. It has both upper and lower ample shelf space, can include leaded or plain glass upper doors and a lower enclosed cabinet.
Step 1, Measure and Cut Plywood
Measure the sheet of plywood and determine the exact middle of the sheet. Set the blade on the table saw to a 45 degree angle and cut the sheet exactly in half. This cut will produce the sides of the cabinet with two 45 degree edges facing inward. Cut these pieces to the desired height of the place in the corner where the cabinet will go.
Carefully measure 6 triangles that will go from the inner corner of these two pieces of plywood to the edge where the 45 degree cuts have been made. These pieces will be, respectively, the top of the cabinet, two upper cabinet shelves, two lower cabinet shelves and the bottom of the cabinet.
Step 2, Cut Hardwood Pieces
Cut two upright pieces of the oak hardwood the same height as the plywood. These uprights should be 5 inches wide. Next, cut 3 cross pieces, 21 inches long, two of them 6 inches wide for the top of the cabinet, the middle piece, and the bottom piece, 8 inches wide (this last piece will have to be glued up to make an 8 inch wide board). This hardwood will be the cabinet face frame.
The remaining hardwood will be cut for the rails and stiles of the upper and lower doors. These pieces should be ripped to the same 2-1/2 width. The rails and stiles can be mitered or butt-joined and the plywood can be fitted to form panels for the lower doors. The upper doors should be routered to accommodate the glass panels.
Step 3, Cabinet Assembly
Measure the angle of the walls where the cabinet will be attached. Assemble the cabinet using glue, biscuit or dowel joinery and finish nails. Butt either plywood piece against the other to form the corner. Attach one of the uprights to a plywood panel applying glue all along the 45 degree angles using biscuits. Attach the cross members to this upright and glue to attach the other upright at this point. Using a stud finder, locate the wall studs and attach the cabinet to the studs.
Step 4, Final Finish
Sand the entire cabinet smooth with 100 grit sandpaper and finish with the 220 grit. Apply several coats of varnish, sanding lightly between each for a final finish.