Okay, call me nostalgic, but I do have a soft spot in my heart for things that harken back to the fifties. That's probably why, given the opportunity, I'll always choose a restaurant booth over a table. In her kitchen, my grandmother had what she called a banquette. I can still remember sitting there with a steaming stack of pancakes hot off the griddle in front of me. This breakfast nook is a bit different than hers in that it's L-shaped. Nonetheless, if you're thinking about adding a little charm to that special corner in your home, this project could just do the trick. It's designed to be simple and inexpensive to make. Take a look.
You know what they say about storage space ... you can never have too much. I suppose that's especially true in the kitchen. The solution for some folks is to turn a utility or broom closet into a pantry. That's fine except for one thing; the shelves are so deep that it's virtually impossible to find, let alone, retrieve something that's hibernating in those dark recesses at the rear of the shelf. Usually what happens is we simply forget that it's there. In this project we build a simple box cabinet that slips into the closet opening and fit it with two pull-out shelving units that are accessible from both sides. The result: everything in the pantry is visible and within easy reach. See for yourself.
How to Make Straight Cuts in Plywood Without a Table SawJames wrote asking where he could find a clamp-on straightedge for cutting large sheets of plywood that would work with nearly all styles and brands of circular saws. In this week's pantry project, I use one. This tool can be a real life saver when making almost any kind of cabinet without the aid of a table saw. If you'd like to see one in use, click here. Clamp-on saw guides come in several lengths, but if you're considering buying one I'd recommend getting one long enough to rip a full sheet of plywood. There are a handful of manufacturers making these, but the one that seems to stand out in terms of quality and customer experience is Emerson Tools' U-99 99-Inch Ultra Wide Grip Clamp with Double T-Track. It's a bit pricey at almost $125, but this is a tool where quality very much equates to performance.
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- How to Convert a Closet into a Pantry with Pull-Out Storage • Ron Hazelton Online
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