Hey all you sports fans, I have got a good one for you today! The great folks over at Crates and Pallets extended a challenge of sorts. They wanted to see how I could organize a kitchen using their assortment of their crates. “Challenge Accepted!”
- Table Saw
- Miter Saw
- Kreg Jig
- Finish Nailer
- (x2) 4×8′ 3/4″ PureBond Plywood
- (x1) 4×8′ 1/4″ MDF Panel
- (x3) 1×3″ Board
- (x1) 1×4″ Board
- (x5) 1×2″ Board
- (x6) Non-Mortise Butt Hinges for 3/4″
- (x 2) Handles
- Double Magnetic Catch
- 1 1/2″ Kreg Screws
- 2″- 16 Gauge Nails
- (x9)- Small Crates
- (x4)- Large Crates
- (x4)- Half Wall Shelf
- (x1)- Wall Shelf
- (x3)- Vegetable Crates
(3/4″ PureBond Plywood )
- (4) @ 19″x 40″
- (3) @ 9 1/4″ x 40″
- (2) @ 19″ x 75 1/2″
- (2) @ 19″ x 13″
Face Frame –
- 1×4″ Board = (x2) @ 38 1/2″
- 1×2″ Board = (x2) @ 75 1/2″
- 1×2″ Board = (x2) @ 38 1/2″
- 1×2″ Board = (x3) @ 40″ (Interior Shelf Support)
- 1×3″ Board = (x4) @ 41″
- 1/4″ Paneling = (x2) @ 14 1/2″ x 35 1/2″
- 1×3″ Board = (x4) @ 14″ (if you are using pocket holes) *Hold off on cutting until you determine what style door you are making.*
- 1/4″ MDF Paneling = @ 41 1/2 x 72 3/4″
Let’s Get Building
Let’s start with the bones on this bad boy. When putting together a cabinet, I prefer to use Kreg Jig Pocket Holes. They are strong, and easy to conceal.
I assemble my base unit when it is laying on the floor. Begin by securing the sides ( 19″x 75 1/2″)” to the top and bottom shelf (19″x 40″). Then add subsequent shelves (19″x 40″), followed by the dividers (19″ x 13″).
Alright, moving on! Time to add the upper shelves (9 1/4″ x 40″) , again I use Kreg Jig Pocket Holes to secure them.
It should be looking a little something like this…
Next up is the face frame! Again, I use pocket holes to create the face frame.
Once the face frame is assembled, you are ready to attach it to the base unit. I use wood glue and reinforce using 16 gauge 2″ finish nails.
At this point I attached front shelf supports to the upper 3 shelves. (1×2″ Board = (x3) @ 40″). Again, I applied wood glue and reinforced with 16 gauge 2″ finish nails.
I chose to add the backing at this point. I find it helps keep everything square, although I know many builders prefer to leave it off when adding the doors, because it allows for easier access to the hinges. It is all personal preference.
Next is time for the doors!
I opted for a basic shaker style door. I am going to direct you to the talented Jill from “The Rozy Home” she has an excellent tutorial. (One of these days I will document the process, but until then, she does a lovely job 😉
Next? Install those suckers! I used a non-mortise, full inset, for 3/4″ door. I had a tough time tracking them down, but I was able to order them online. You can find them here. (Affiliate Link) I wanted these doors to be able to easily handle the weight of the crate shelves plus anything I would be storing in them. So I used 3 on each side for a total of 6.
Last but not least it is time to paint and add the hardware and crates. These crates are available online at Crates and Pallet, and a number of Home Depot locations.
They do come unfinished and ready to paint or stain. In my case I opted for the two tone look and decided to stain all of my crates I used Jacobean stain by Minwax on the crates. For the pantry unit I used Dustblu by Sherwin Williams.
… and there you have it folks, another blend of form and function!