How to Create a Custom Pantry Drawer
Carter Oosterhouse shows how to update a kitchen cabinet with custom drawers.
Pick your desired wood. Plywood is a good choice for your cabinet frame, melamine (Image 1) is a durable and inexpensive material for the sides and maple is a good choice for the doors.
Cabinets are a challenging project for anyone, so pre-measure your space carefully and consider making blueprints to help guide your design (Image 2).
First build your cabinet frame to size (Image 1), attaching with wood glue and a nail gun.
Using a table saw, cut dados into your cabinet sides. This will give your sides a tight fit.
Fit the sides together and use wood glue and a finish nailer to secure (Image 2). Use a framing square to ensure that the cabinet structures are square.
Build your face frame and cabinet doors to size from maple. Cut your wood and drill holes with a pocket hole jig and assemble the frame using wood glue and pocket screws.
Use a hand-held router to rout out the back inside edges of the panels.
Drop ½” melamine pieces into the panels and use wood glue and a finish nailer to secure.
Sand and then paint or stain to your desired color. Attach doors with hinges, drawer with drawer tracks and add desired hardware.