One of the things my sister really needed was a new pantry. Correction, she needed a pantry period. All she had was a coat closet and a small cupboard. I initially had no intention of blogging about my work at her house. She was and is going through so much that I just put my head down and pushed through it to help her as I could. But as I continued to work, and time moved on and the sting lessoned I considered it. I ended up thinking sharing what I was doing might be good to show that I am using the tools that were given to me. That, again, I am not squandering what was entrusted to me. If I can teach or inspire someone along the way, then that is an extra bonus. If someone can teach or inspire me…that is, selfishly speaking, icing on the cake:).
So the pictures start after I removed the coat closet, the cupboard and a rather large built in table that took up most of the kitchen that was built in the 70s out of laminate and waffer board. So the first picture shows the framing finished, the electrical run, and the inside rocked. It is approximately 5ftx5ft inside the pantry.
I framed it using 2×3s then screwed 3/4 plywood to the inside of that so that did not have to worry about finding studs when I screwed the shelves on. Before I screwed the plywood on however, I went around to ever location that wire past through a stud and routed and fitted a nail plate. Most contractors just nail the plates on, but if you do that, the sheetrock sits unevenly on the wall.
You can see in the bottom right of this photo that I installed “stair lights.” There are a total of 5 in and around the kitchen. The idea was to put them on a photo sensor so that when the lights went out they clicked on and the children could find their way through the house to get a drink, go to the door, or the older ones could tend the fireplace. The photo sensor did not work so I had to move to a 7 day timer. It effectively does the same thing, just at a set time every day. They are LED lights and cost about $20 a year to run full time. So my sister agreed they were a good investment.
More of the “stair lights.”
The fan is there to help dry out the mud so I can move on to the next coat! I talked my sister into the arched doorway since she already has an arched window in the house and it will tie the house together. She wants me to put saloon type doors on but we have yet to finalize the design.
My sister and I went through several deep discussions about the shelving. We finally decided that torsion box shelves would be best. I am a big fan of the torsion box design. When built properly TB systems can be incredibly strong. With all those mouths to feed you can imagine there is allot supplies that must go into that space. The plump
On two of the shelves there is going to be a large inset Lazy Susan.
I used 9ply Baltic Birch Plywood for the shelves including the ribbing. I used my Dewalt router with a Freud 1/4 down spiral bit attached to the Milescraft Circle Cutter to cut the Lazy Susans’ as well as there nesting parts. I then used my Safety Speed Cut H4 Panel Saw to cut the shelving to size. (everything was powered by a generator a friend let me kindly borrow)
I put the Lazy Susan Tables through my Supermax 25in Drum Sander so that when they are attached to the actually Lazy Susan, they will sit flush with the shelf. (I know, it sounds crazy, but it will make sense when you see it)
However, not having a dust collection system sucks! or doesn’t suck…or whatever. It is just plan annoying, thats what I am trying to convey. It will be so nice to have a cyclone in place and ducting set up.
For know, I gotta just use a shop vac.
But I am so thankful for good tools. The Safety Speed Cut is amazing. I love the Midway Fence!
And it rips both right and left as well as cuts down.
With a great saw return and balance
However, I still need a dust collection system! It is impressive though that it pushed the sawdust that far without help. I would have hooked up the shop vac but it kept overloading the generator.
As always, Thanks for reading and
More to follow…
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate