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Have you always wanted to have the Kitchen of Your Dreams, but didn't think you could? Too expensive? Not a DIY project you feel comfortable handling? Say no more... We continue our Dream Kitchen Series with a Pantry Cabinet. We will continue with door stylings as well as additional wall and base cabinet systems, and a few other specialty items...stay tuned for those.

Estimated Cost


  • Tape Measure
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • **Kreg Jig - optional, can be done without...but honestly not sure why you would want to. This tool simplifies the building process exponentially.
  • ** Finish nail gun - optional, but will make the process faster and easier especially if you are working on an entire kitchen!
  • 1/2 sheet- 3/4" Plywood (a lower grade is fine).
  • 1 sheet - 1/2" Plywood (a lower grade is fine)
  • 1 sheet - 1/4" Plywood (this will be showing on the sides of outside cabinets).
  • 2 - 1x2 at 10'
  • 1 - 1x4 at 6'
  • **Kreg Jig Owners: 1" Pocket Hole Screws 
  • 1 1/4" Screws
  • 5/8" Screws
  • 2" Finish Nails
  • 3" drywall screws or wall dog anchors
  • 12 - 16 metal shelf supports (for 3 or 4 shelves)
  • 8 self closing overlay hinges
  • 4 shelf standards at 37 3/8" **(there are many finishes and varieties, even wood toned to blend, this is the actual length, you can use a hacksaw to size down or purchase 36" so that you can buy a standard size since you won't need to have a shelf right above or below the built in shelves)
  • 4 shelf standards at 38 1/8" (see above note) 4 door handles
Cut List
  • 2 - 1/4" Ply at 83 1/2" x 23 1/4" Outside Panels
  • 1 - 1/4" Ply at 76 1/4" x 31 1/4" Back
  • 2 - 1/2" Ply at 3/4" x 23 1/4" Inside Upper ledge
  • 2 - 1/2" Ply at 5" x 37 3/8" Inside Upper Front Panels
  • 2 - 1/2" Ply at 8 3/8" x 37 3/8" Inside Upper Middle Panels
  • 2 - 1/2" Ply at 8 1/4" x 37 3/8" Inside Upper Back Panels
  • 2 - 1/2" Ply at 5" x 38 1/8" Inside Lower Front Panels
  • 2 - 1/2" Ply at 8 3/8" x 38 1/8" Inside Lower Middle Panels
  • 2 - 1/2" Ply at 8 1/4" x 38 1/8" Inside Lower Back Panels
  • 2 - 1/2" Ply at 5" x 23 1/4" Inside Lower Bottom Panels
  • 3 - 3/4" Ply at 23" x 31 1/4" Bottom, Middle, Top Shelves
  • 1 - 3/4" Ply at 5" x 32" Kickplate
  • 2 - 1x2 at 79 1/4" Sides of Face Frame (Stiles)
  • 3 - 1x2 at 28 3/4" Face Frame Rails
  • 2 - 1x4 at 31 1/4" Cleats

**I have designed these plans with those of you in mind who don't own fancy blades and table saws! However, if you do happen to own fancy blades and table saws and would like to give them a whirl, simply replace the panels and spacing with one panel and dadoes and grooves of the same dimensions as the spaces I have left. Easy Peasy... 

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut your Side Panels to size as indicated in the diagram below.

Step 2
Step 2

We will begin constructing the interior panels: I have made this so easy for you in the way I have designed this. You don't need a table saw to create Dadoes, or a stopper on your drill for Shelf Bracket holes...it's just plain easy. Cut your interior panel pieces to size (this will be mirrored on the opposite side) and attach as outlined to the outside panels. Mark out the area for your shelf standards. Follow the instructions on the shelf standards for attaching to the panels.

Step 3
Step 3

Attach the cleats to the back panel. This is how you will ultimately attach your cabinet to the wall using your dry wall screws.

Step 4

Attach the Top, Bottom, and Middle Shelves using your Kreg Jig set for 1/2" stock. Carve out a 3/4" square from each top corner of your kick plate and attach from underneath (behind) using your Kreg Jig or finish nails from the front. Fasten the back panel and cleats to the side panels and shelves. Use 1" brad nails or 5/8" Screws.

Step 5
Step 5

Create your Face Frame: use your Kreg Jig set for 3/4" stock and place your pocket holes on the rails (horizontal pieces). Fasten to your pantry using 2" finish nails and glue.

Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School


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