DIFFICULTY: Intermediate

When we built our house my wife Samantha wanted to have a custom pantry. After much searching and research on Pinterest and other blogs I came up with the perfect custom pantry design. I have created a video showing you the process. You may also want to check out my other YouTube videos for more projects and tips. I created blueprints, instructions to build this exact pantry. Here is the link to download them.

Here are a few still images of the progress. The shelves are made out of 3/4in birch plywood. I used 2x3s as a base to set everything on. I used poplar wood as main supports. Birch edge banding was used to cover up the plywood’s edge.

Watch The Build Video


•    Poplar Wood 1×3 – http://amzn.to/1qK8OMt
•    ¼ in MDF – http://amzn.to/1YpJhCz
•    Pine Wood 2×4 – goo.gl/IRg5BX
•    Wood Glue – http://amzn.to/1YpJiqd
•    2.5 in Wood Screws – http://amzn.to/1SZAQfN
•    Long Nails – http://amzn.to/1S18kbl
•    Short Nails – http://amzn.to/1NkKCov


Here is a list of all the Minor tools needed to make the pantry. Check out My Tools page for a list of the larger tools that I use in my shop.

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dudleychicago March 18, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Thank you for posting this, it looks amazing and something we have been looking to do in our pantry for a while now. How deep are the top and bottom shelves? What did you use for the support inserts?


    Philip Miller March 18, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks, the base is 18in deep and the top shelves are 12in deep. I used a kregjig to connect the shelves and I also added a small strip of wood to support the shelves at either end and sometimes in the middle, you can see this in the video. Poplar wood was used for the supports and they were glued and nailed into place using wood glue a nail gun. I have a list of tools that I used for this on my post about the fireplace builtin. I hope this helps. Follow me on YouTube and Facebook for updates and tips. I am working on doing a live show soon.


Janet June 16, 2017 at 3:03 am

Is the inside 3×6′? I’m thinking of building a 4×4 pantry. I’m guess after the 2×4 and the drywall it will be 3.6×3.6 inside. Wondering if that will be big enough to step inside


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