Well the pantry is well underway, and I thought I’d share the progress I have made, so far.
Since I still don’t have a firm grasp on cabinet construction, I had to research and draw everything out to the nth degree. Norm, however, can see an image in his head and commence building. Not me. I have to think about how things are constructed, research the heck out of it, and then draw it up in Sketchup. So, with that completed, yesterday I was ready to commence framing it out.
Our garage is full of scrap wood, so I was determined to use what we have. Remember the mudroom project that never really got off the ground? We purchased some PureBond 3/4″ ply for that project, and had it in the garage just waiting to be used. We had ripped the 4×8 sheets into 16″ wide sheets for the mudroom bench, so that determined the depth of the pantry. We had several 2×4′s which I used to frame up the base and top.
The first thing i had to do though, was remove the baseboards and beadboard moulding. I used one of these oscillating tools so we would have a flush cut. I did not allow enough room for the face frame of the cabinet, so I will have to do this again later.
(Below image from Harborfreight.com)
Once the moulding was removed, I used a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall and installed a piece of luan board above the beadboard so the side panel would lay flush with the wall. Then I attached the 3/4″ plywood side of the pantry to the wall making sure to attach it to studs. Then I put the top frame and bottom frame on, which were constructed out of 2×4′s, screwing them into the studs, and then finally, the other 3/4″ plywood side of the pantry.
(What you can’t see in the above blurry photo, is the new outlet Norm installed. Since we are going to cover the back with luan board, he made an access panel to make pulling wire and tv cable easier. This house has an odd amount of “fire stops”, which is 2×4 placed horizontally between the studs. It makes wiring a nightmare.)
Anyway, this pantry is going to extend all the way up to the ceiling, so it needs some support in the middle. For that, I used some scrap wood and L brackets to brace them. This will hold a shelf while giving some support to the structure.
Before I could install the L brackets, though, I measured the width of the cabinet at the top and the bottom to make sure they were the same. They were about a 1/4″ off, so I shimmed the top frame to get the measurements equal. Otherwise, the face frame would not be straight and that could make the doors tricky. As if they aren’t trick enough.
Can you see where I shimmed it up between the 2×4 and cabinet side?
Then I could install the L brackets making sure the width was the same as the top and bottom:
Anyway, it now time to tackle the face frame. AND, I’ve decided I’m going to attempt to make doors like the one in the picture below.
Should be interesting and hopefully it won’t take me as long as the last cabinet doors I made!