Storage shelf unit for pantry or kitchen door
I have decided it's time to organise my small pantry. This kitchen storage shelf can be added to the back of any door and can be made in any size, for storing spices, sauces, or other kitchen essentials that you use on a day-to-day basis.
I used 16mm and 12mm Supawood offcuts to make the storage unit, but you can also use PAR pine if you don't want to go to the bother of having a full sheet of SupaWood cut to size.
For this project I put my PLS300 sawing station to good use for cutting the strips of 16mm x 100mm supawood to 1400mm lengths. These will be the side sections. There isn't a lot of space on the back of the pantry door, so the horizontal sections are 320mm wide.
The design was simple: I used the cut shelves as a guide for where to mount the horizontal shelves. For each shelf I drilled two 3mm pilot holes and used a countersink bit before using 4 x 30mm wood screws to secure the shelves in place.
I have a new toy and you are going to be seeing lots of this big boy in the future ! I've had a small compressor for ages and the guys at www.tools4wood.co.za gave me a Makita air nailer to try out... love it to bits! I used the nailer to attach 12mm supawood panels to the front of the shelf unit. These panels will hold all the bottles in place once finished.
If you don't have a pneumatic nailer you can use panel pins and hammer to secure the panels in place.
After finishing the assembly I filled all the holes with a small dab of Pattex No More Nails adhesive. If you use wood filler on a regular basis you know that it sometimes cracks, or even pops out of the hole.
My new trick is to put in some No More Nails, let this dry and then top off with wood filler. Works like a dream and dries much faster - so less waiting around.
After sanding with 240-grit sandpaper, particularly on the cut edges, I applied Rust-Oleum 2X in satin blossom white.
Because the edges are super absorbent and you don't want to waste paint, try this tips for painting supawood. It saves time and paint.
I did fit a 16mm panel to the back of the storage shelf to use for mounting onto the back of the pantry door with 25mm screws. I should have put one at the bottom as well, so ended up using a couple of steel brackets to secure the storage shelf lower down. I also left the top shelf open for taller bottles that wouldn't fit in the shelves.
The 12mm front panels are mounted 40mm up from each shelf and help to hold everything in place on the shelves. I now have a shelf for gravy powders and sauces that are easy to find.