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Forum topic by Tim Pletcher posted 01-19-2010 04:40 PM 1164 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tim Pletcher

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01-19-2010 04:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: kitchen cabinet question

I need to build a cabinet / storage enclosure in my house. Basically its the end of a “hallway”.

4’ wide
7’ tall
I’ll probably make it about 32” deep… (whats cabinet depth standard?”

I want to build it right into the wall. You know, with shelf runners attached directly to the walls and the front of the cabinet attached right to the walls as well. Want to have larger drawers on the bottom for vacuum etc. and shelving the rest of the way for pantry storage.
Not too interested in a freestanding cabinet, just doesn’t seem optimal. Does this sound right???

Helpful ideas anyone? pic’s soon (hopefully)


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#1 posted 01-19-2010 05:01 PM

If I understand the description, it sounds like you are basically just turning the end of a hallway into a closet. If you want to have drawers at the bottom, 32” is pretty deep… I don’t know if you’ll be able to find runners. 24” is the more standard depth.

Personally, to get the most out of the space, I would skip the drawer idea. Make it as deep as you can get away with, and tailor your shelf spacing to your specific storage needs. You might also consider shelves that are less than full depth to allow for storage of tall items in front of the shelves.

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

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 05:07 PM

good call, thanks! Yeah I probably misstated that, I din’t mean drawers I meant open space on the bottom and shelves the rest of the way up. putting half shelves for room for taller items is a GREAT idea, thanks!


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#3 posted 01-19-2010 06:07 PM

You could have cabinet doors that close off the bottom part and give it a more finished look. Are you planning on building into the wall, or just flush? If so, you’ll have to beef up the studs on either side and span it with a header. You’ll only get about 4 1/4 extra inches if you do it that way (3 1/2” 2×4 + 3/4” sheetrock).

I’d add a strip under each shelf front for support and bullnose the edge. You could trim the whole thing out with a pocket screw face frame. If you lined the walls with 1/4” plywood and stained the whole thing, it would look built-in and save you from having to build a carcass.

Some crown molding at the top and a nice base/shoe at the bottom, dying into the walls, would jazz it up a bit. Good luck and keep us posted!

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