First woodworking project - kitchen pantry cabinet

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Project by JoeRPhilly posted 640 days ago 1747 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this cabinet to fill a little unused space in my kitchen. The case is built from 3/4 oak plywood, and the face frame and panels and shelves are pine. Pocket holes were used for assembly. I chose to paint this to contrast with my oak kitchen cabinets. But had to add the natural wood top and knobs. This was a great skill builder for me, made a few mistakes along the way. But it came out pretty well I think. The doors look pretty good in the pics, but they were a pain in the a** and they seem to have moved since! Oh well, we’re really happy with the extra storage.

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#1 posted 640 days ago

Looks nice …I like the color as well : )

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#2 posted 640 days ago

Very cool, much nicer than the “under the stairs” pantry I’m using at the moment!

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#3 posted 640 days ago

Nice job. Should serve you well. Well done.

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#4 posted 640 days ago

Nice work, looks great!!

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#5 posted 640 days ago

Beautiful cabinet.

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#6 posted 640 days ago

Nicely done. Like the design a lot. Thanks for sharing.


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#7 posted 640 days ago

I think you have built a masterpiece. good job!

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#8 posted 640 days ago

Inset doors are surprisingly tougher to get even gaps than you would think. I charge 30% extra for the same casework with inset doors. It looks like you got the doors hung quite nicely. An extremely square and rigid frame really helps with inset doors.

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#9 posted 640 days ago

Yes I’m with Wdwerker on this get even gap on these cabinet doors can be a challenge which you have accomplished. I bet this is really going to stand out once installed, well done thanks for sharing…BC

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#10 posted 640 days ago

I’ll third it, especially with pine. Depending on the humidity, the gaps will change more than you would think.

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#11 posted 640 days ago

Nice job. Thumbs up from me.

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#12 posted 639 days ago

First woodworking project? I don’t believe you! This is a great pantry cabinet. Panel doors, hard to fit inset doors, perfect rails and stiles, nice finish, great paint/stain contrast. Nope, I don’t believe you! :-) Great job. Congrats!

Thanks for posting.



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#13 posted 638 days ago

Very nice work.


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