Pantry cabinet

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Project by BigEd posted 12-28-2008 01:40 AM 4449 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a pantry cabinet I made for a relative who was short on cabinet space in the house she was renting. The upper cabinet is from plans in Workbench magazine and the base is home-grown. It’s made such that the cabinet can be wall-hung and the base can be used as a dresser if needed. Solid brass accents. Finished with General Finishes Mahogany stain and wipe-on polyurethane. At the time I took the photos, I was short one drawer pull.
My first foray into arch top raised panel doors. Learned a lot making this project!

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#1 posted 12-28-2008 02:37 AM

Big Ed -

Very nice! Could you comment a bit more on the upper cabinet? I am curious about the fold out shelves.



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#2 posted 12-28-2008 02:45 AM

great work the I like your choice of finishes as well nice job

-- piper

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#3 posted 12-28-2008 05:29 AM

Great looking piece, Big Ed. I really like the design.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 12-28-2008 05:50 AM

Looks great BigEd. Very good build. I would also like to know more about the fold out shelves.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#5 posted 12-28-2008 05:56 AM

The shelves in the upper cabinet are a clam-shell design attached with piano hinges. 1/2” plywood dadoed into the frames between the middle shelves provides rigidity. In other words, the middle shelves could be used as spice racks. Each shelf has a 3/16” brass rod, buffed and coated with clear lacquer, approx. 2” above the shelf surface to retain the contents (believe it or not, 1/4” brass would have put this project over budget!). The rectangular brass pieces you see on the unhinged ends of these shelves are removable so that the brass rods can be replaced if they get bent or damaged.
Rare earth magnets and washers installed on the hinged end of the shelves provide retention when they are closed.
Behind these fold out shelves are 5 (4 adjustable, 1 fixed) additional shelves.

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#6 posted 12-28-2008 06:04 AM


That is one great looking pantry! How is it attached to the base to keep it from tipping when filled and opened? It’s destined to be a family heirloom!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 12-28-2008 06:17 AM

Wow Ed Nice Cabinet

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 12-28-2008 07:22 AM

The top is attached to the base with two metal strips and screws on the back, otherwise it just rests on the base.

Thanks to everyone for your very kind comments!

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#9 posted 12-28-2008 07:15 PM

Really well done and a great design.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 12-28-2008 07:32 PM

Nice work!

Smart design in that the pieces can be used separately.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 12-29-2008 01:49 AM

Great design. A nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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