Constructing a Corner Kitchen Pantry

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  • 6-10 hours
  • Beginner
  • 250-650
What You'll Need
Measuring scale
Marker
Pencil
Screwdriver
Drill
Handsaw
Screws
Carpeting glue
Angle irons
Pinewood stock (1 x 4 foot and 1 x 2 foot)

Having a kitchen pantry makes it a lot easier to pick out your requisite cooking ingredients. A built-in kitchen pantry may not be present in your house, but fitting one in is not really a problem. You may think that you are left with no space for a kitchen pantry, but building one in a corner can make a big difference. Having a kitchen pantry also allows you to empty out a major amount of space around your main cooking area. Since corner pantries are vertical structures, the huge storage space often goes unnoticed.

Measure and Mark

You will need 1 x 4 and 1 x 2 pinewood rectangular boards. They are available from hardware and home stores. Mark off these measurements on two 1 x 4 boards and six to eight 1 x 2 boards. Take a measurement of free width available at the corner, and decide if you need shorter lengths of the 1 x 2 boards. Remember that the kitchen pantry can be only as wide as your kitchen permits. Getting the wood too close to the main cooking area is not advisable. Use the marker for ticking of measurements, and pencils for saw lines. Mark off the estimated shelf levels on the wooden planks and the ends of the shelves common length, typically 1 foot.

Sawing Out the Pieces

Use the handsaw to cut the wood along the pencil marks. Stick to the lines as errors can make the cabinet unstable. Cut the pieces out and try to maintain a uniform width for all planks. For extra pieces like doors, you can choose to carve out planks of appropriate size. If you want doors for your cabinet, you will need to install a door panel as well. However, the kitchen cabinet space usually available in condominiums is provided with a full-fledged door. Open it and you find the space where your cabinet is being built.

Screw on the 1 x 4 Planks

Using angle iron, the drilling machine, and screws, fix the large wooden planks at the sides of the shelf according to the markings on the wall. Make sure the position of angle iron does not coincide with the shelf levels as marked.

Glue the Shelves to Sides

Take the smaller 1 x 2 planks, glue the smaller edges together, and insert the shelf plank at the marked height. Press the side planks hanging from angle irons tightly against the smaller plank. Repeat the same procedure working from the top-down.

Drill and Screw

After putting on the shelves, they will need to be drilled from the glued sides, which are invisible behind the side plank. Drill over the planks and screw in. Make two at each end of the smaller edges. Your kitchen cabinet is ready to take on a heavy load.

Sawing and drilling demand the presence of first aid and emergency help at all times.