Learn how to construct and install a built-in pantry cabinet with pull-out storage sections

Construct a custom roll-out pantry and refrigerator enclosure using birch-veneer plywood and pocket-hole joinery. This organizer occupies less space that the previous cupboards and counter while making room for a larger refrigerator, more kitchen storage and easy-access adjustable shelves or racks. The dual pantry frames slide out all the way, operate independently, and match the existing cabinetry.

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Using a cardboard mock-up to visualize cabinets
Step 1

Plan the Pantry with a Cardboard Mock-Up and Computer Software

Make a cardboard mock-up to visualize the size of the pantry/cabinet. Plan it in detail with computer-assisted drawing software.

Removing existing kitchen cabinets
Step 2

Remove All Components of the Existing Cabinets and Counter

Remove the doors and drawers from existing cabinets, after unscrewing hinges and drawer glides. Cut out cabinet frames, removing nails.

Drilling a plywood panel for kitchen cabinet pantry
Step 3

Cut and Pre-Drill Plywood Panels for the Kitchen Pantry Frame

Cut birch-veneer plywood panels on the table saw and pre-drill them for pocket-hole joinery with a special gig and bit.

Clamping panels together for kitchen pantry cabinet
Step 4

Clamp, Glue, and Screw the Panels Together

Assemble the panels with glue and screws, using special pocket clamps to pull and hold the pieces tightly together.

Sliding pantry back panels into place
Step 5

Slip Bottom and Back Panels into Place in Routed Grooves

Slip the bottom panel into place and slide the quarter-inch plywood back into position in grooves routed for this purpose.

Reinforcing the pantry frame
Step 6

Reinforce the Pantry Frame to Face the Raw Edges

Use poplar strips and pocket-hole joinery to construct a face frame to cover raw edges and reinforce the pantry shell.

Constructing pantry  shelving units
Step 7

Construct Two Slide-out Shelving Units and Route for Shelf Hardware

Build two slide-out shelving units with dados/grooves for shelf standards. Install the hardware and glue and screw the pieces together.

Attaching glides in pantry cabinet
Step 8

Attach Full-extension Glides and Make Decorative Face Panels

Attach full-extension glides at the bottom and top of each slide-out pantry unit. Route decorative panels to face each unit.

Facing the refrigerator enclosure
Step 9

Build and Face the Plywood Refrigerator Enclosure

Build the refrigerator enclosure of birch-veneer panels secured with pocket-hole joints. Face them with glued and nailed poplar strips.

Placing the pantry enclosure
Step 10

Place and Secure the Pantry and Refrigerator Enclosure

Set the pantry and refrigerator enclosure in place, screwing them to studs and each other. Add support pins and shelves.

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