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DIY Table Height Pantry Cabinet

Hey Friends! I know many of you saw the DIY Pantry System I built for my sister’s house! This is a great storage system, and I designed it modular so that you can build the pieces to fit your own space and needs. Today I am sharing the middle table height cabinet! This is a perfect addition to the taller cabinets, but makes a perfect stand alone piece too! Before we get started, be sure to check out the YouTube video on this build below!

I love the way this turned out!

First, build the body of the cabinet. This is 3/4” hardwood plywood ripped to 15” wide. You can have the hardware store rip the boards for you to make it easier to get home. Add 3/4” pocket holes on both sides and base as pictured. Attach the base to both sides using a line of wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through your pocket holes. The base will line up 2.75” from the base of the sides to the bottom of the base piece.

Now add the middle divider. Add 3/4” pocket holes to the top and bottom of this board and attach it to the center of the bottom board using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws. This board will line up in the center of the base board.

Build the face frame next. The bottom board is a 1×4 and the sides and top board are 1×3. Add 3/4” pocket holes on bpth sides of the top board and to one end of each side board. Attach all pieces to form a rectangle using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws. Make sure all corners and sides are flush.

Before attaching your face frame, attach the shelf boards. I lined mine up 13” from the base, but you can position yours to best fit your storage needs. These boards are also 12” deep like the middle divider. Attach them to the sides and middle divider using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the 3/4” pocket holes.

Attach the face frame next. Make sure all sides and base are flush and attach using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the 3/4” pocket holes on the cabinet.

Attach the top of the cabinet now. I used a 3/4” thick edge-glued panel for my top. Cut it to size and attach using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the 3/4” pocket holes on the inside and top of the cabinet.

Attach the back of the cabinet. I used barnwood planks on mine, but the plans show 1/4” hardwood plywood. You can really use whatever you want on this part. Attach the back using 1” brad nails or staples.

Now it’s time to build the doors to cabinet. The nack of the doors is 1/2” hardwood plywood. Cut them to size.

Add the outside trim next. I am using THIS BENDER BOARD from HD, but you can also use 1/4”craft boards. This is what the bender board looks like…

These boards are ripped to 1.5“ wide each. Attach the vertical boards first using wood glue and 1/2” brad nails. Then measure and cut the horizontal boards using wood glue and 1/2” brad nails.

Measure and cut the diagonal trim pieces next. These are also bender boards or craft boards that I ripped to 3/4” wide. Attach these boards using wood glue and 3/4” brad nails.

At this point, I painted the doors and cabinet before attaching them. I used Sherwin-Williams Pure White paint in Pure White SW7005. I used a satin finish for this. I also stained the top board before actually attaching it, but you can also tape it off and stain it if it is already attached. I used THIS STAIN for the top of the cabinet.

I used THESE HINGES for the cabinet doors.

These are my FAV door pulls! I have used them on so many projects. You can get them on Amazon HERE and they are a great price!

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DIY Table Height Pantry Cabinet

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Instructions

  • First, build the body of the cabinet. This is 3/4” hardwood plywood ripped to 15” wide. You can have the hardware store rip the boards for you to make it easier to get home. Add 3/4” pocket holes on both sides and base as pictured. Attach the base to both sides using a line of wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through your pocket holes. The base will line up 2.75” from the base of the sides to the bottom of the base piece.
  • Now add the middle divider. Add 3/4” pocket holes to the top and bottom of this board and attach it to the center of the bottom board using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws. This board will line up in the center of the base board.
  • Build the face frame next. The bottom board is a 1×4 and the sides and top board are 1×3. Add 3/4” pocket holes on bpth sides of the top board and to one end of each side board. Attach all pieces to form a rectangle using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws. Make sure all corners and sides are flush.
  • Before attaching your face frame, attach the shelf boards. I lined mine up 13” from the base, but you can position yours to best fit your storage needs. These boards are also 12” deep like the middle divider. Attach them to the sides and middle divider using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the 3/4” pocket holes.
  • Attach the face frame next. Make sure all sides and base are flush and attach using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the 3/4” pocket holes on the cabinet.
  • Attach the top of the cabinet now. I used a 3/4” thick edge-glued panel for my top. Cut it to size and attach using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the 3/4” pocket holes on the inside and top of the cabinet.
  • Attach the back of the cabinet. I used barnwood planks on mine, but the plans show 1/4” hardwood plywood. You can really use whatever you want on this part. Attach the back using 1” brad nails or staples.
  • Now it’s time to build the doors to cabinet. The nack of the doors is 1/2” hardwood plywood. Cut them to size.
  • Add the outside trim next. I am using bender board from HD, but you can also use 1/4”craft boards. These boards are ripped to 1.5“ wide each. Attach the vertical boards first using wood glue and 1/2” brad nails. Then measure and cut the horizontal boards using wood glue and 1/2” brad nails.
  • Measure and cut the diagonal trim pieces next. These are also bender boards or craft boards that I ripped to 3/4” wide. Attach these boards using wood glue and 3/4” brad nails.
  • Attach doors and add your finish! Refer to the post for info on hardware and paint finish!

7 Comments

  1. Amanda on May 16, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    There are plenty of adblocker apps if you happen to be using your phone! I use Adblock Pro and I have no trouble seeing all of the info on this webpage.

  2. friv on February 25, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    5 stars
    thank you for your great storage system, I haven’t watched the video but the instructions is so detail that I don’t need anything else

  3. Patricia Zellen on February 9, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    1 star
    I agree with the previous comments. Even as I try to enter this comment add are popping up and block what I’m entering. There’s got to be a balance between making a living and being so commercial as to lose your support base.

  4. Trudy on February 9, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Was just about to post this very thing. You can’t even follow the project for the ads and videos popping up. Ridiculous!

  5. Margaret on February 9, 2021 at 9:46 am

    5 stars
    Love this and the video is helpful. Love your ideas.

  6. STEVE on February 9, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Thanks for another cool project! The video in the lower right is helpful.

  7. Britney Larson on February 9, 2021 at 5:18 am

    There are so many ads on your website that they are half covering up your photos of projects. I realize that using ads helps put money in your pockets but you also loose people like me who at one point use to enjoy building your plans. I can’t even scroll down the page without hitting an ad. Go back to being the two Shanty-2-Chic that we use to love instead of being commercialized and everything is prepared for you in advance. I can’t remember the last time I saw you actually ripped the curved edge off a board, sanded the entire project, drilled a pocket hole or even demonstrated how to stain or paint a project from start to end. Go back to being realistic and down to earth. Back to being human and making mistakes once in a while. The world is far from perfect and we don’t expect you to be someone you are not.

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