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In our newly renovated kitchen, we have a deep cabinet that I transformed into a pull out pantry. It is the perfect use of that tall and deep space and wasn’t that difficult to make yourself. Come see how you can make one too!

  1. Make A Box
  2. Make It Slide!
  3. Attach to the Cabinet

1. Make A Box

The idea behind this project is that we will make a pull put pantry for the large cabinet next to my refrigerator. While designing the new kitchen, my wife planned on having a pull out panel for things like the vacuum cleaner, brooms, and some taller storage items. I started this build by measuring the space and subtracting the width of the drawer slides that would go on the back and top of the pull out pantry and 1/2″ from the other side so it won’t rub. This gave me the outermost dimensions of the box that I needed to make.

I used 3/4″ maple plywood for the sides and the top of the box and attached them together using glue and screws. To ensure that the whole unit doesn’t rack into a rhombus, the box needed lateral support. I planned on adding a back panel and a tell center divider inside the walls which will help a lot. For this project, I also chose to forgo adjustable shelves and permanently mount them in place. All of this structural support will help keep the large frame in place and not rack when pulled.

2. Make It Slide!

Once the box was sanded and coated in polycrylic finish, I moved it into the kitchen. The sliding action would come from three heavy-duty drawer slides mounted in the back and the top of the box. Mathematically, this would work just fine, but the box moved around in the space when pulled. To help combat this instability, I decided to attach non-marking wheels to the underside of the box. This modification required me to remove a channel in the cabinet’s floor as well as the toe kick from the front. I kept the slides on the top to help guide it while moving and I was much happier with the results. I think the wheels will also help distribute the weight better as well. Next, we have to cover it all up!

3. Attach to the Cabinet

At this point, I have a plywood box inside a white cabinet space. I had to remove the cabinet door early on because it couldn’t hinge far enough out of the way. Instead, I removed the hinges and mounted the cabinet door to the face of the pull out pantry box. Using some double-sided tape I stuck the door onto the face and secured it from the inside with screws. I also added a longer handle that matched the style of the rest of the kitchen. The last thing to add was the original toe kick to the bottom. This piece of wood will hide the wheels and look just like the rest of the cabinets. And with that little touch, it was all done!

Exactly What She Wanted!

In the early stage of our kitchen design, my wife and Josh 3d modeled the entire space. She decided on the pull out pantry idea in the awkwardly large space in between our refrigerator and the wall. I was thinking it would look something like the pull out shelf I made on the table saw extension wing. I really like this design better and it is really functional. We’ve been using it for a week or so every day. Our kids can get to the vacuum cleaner easily to do their chores, and everyone can get to the cereal without issue. I’m excited to continue making custom inserts for the rest of the kitchen cabinets. If you want to see how we go to this point, check out the Kitchen Remodel playlist!