This weekend I bought yet one more C.O.P. (cleansing, organizing, purging) venture finished in my kitchen. This one didn’t require any purging or cleansing, however I positively wanted some group within the cupboard to the best of my range the place I preserve my skillets and lids. After taking a look at ready-made, store-bought choices for skillet and pan group, I lastly determined to make a DIY pan organizer. Right here’s how my organized cupboard turned out…
Whereas I really like pull-out organizer, I made a decision to maintain the design of this one quite simple. In any case, solely have 4 skillets and two lids that I retailer on this cupboard (my pots and pans and the lids that match these are within the cupboard to the left of the range), so I didn’t want something elaborate on this cupboard. I simply didn’t need them stacked anymore.
So let me again up and present you what I began out with and the way I made this DIY pan organizer.
First, right here’s a take a look at what I began out with…
Once more, it wasn’t horrible. Actually, of the entire cupboards and drawers earlier than their organizational makeovers, this one might be the smartest. However I nonetheless hated having the skillets stacked like that. I needed to have the ability to attain in and seize precisely what I wanted with out having to shuffle issues round.
So after emptying out the cupboard and taking measurements of the within, I then used my desk noticed to chop a chunk of 1/2-inch plywood to suit into the underside of the cupboard, leaving a 1/2-inch house on either side and the again.
Subsequent, I minimize a chunk of plywood to suit the width of the again that was 12 inches excessive (I measured the width of my widest skillet and added a few inches).
After which I minimize two items for the edges that had been additionally 12 inches excessive. After becoming all of these items into the cupboard, it appeared like this. At this level, I used to be simply dry becoming the items, so none of those items had been really hooked up to something.
Subsequent I made up my mind how a lot house could be wanted for every skillet. I made a decision to only create 4 areas of equal width for my 4 skillets. I in all probability might have made 5 areas, however since these skillets are the one factor that I retailer in right here, and I’ve had the identical cookware for 19 years, I didn’t see a necessity for an extra house.
So after measuring and marking the place the dividers wanted to go, I took the underside piece and the again piece to my desk noticed and minimize dadoes into these items, that are principally channels into which the dividers (additionally minimize out of 1/2-inch plywood) will sit.
Reducing dadoes doesn’t require any fancy attachments in your desk noticed. Whereas you should buy dado blades that can minimize a large channel in a single go, I don’t minimize dadoes sufficient to spend cash on these. As a substitute, I merely marked the place I need my dado (channel) to go (mine wanted to be 1/2-inch extensive to accommodate the 1/2-inch plywood separators), after which set my desk noticed in order that the blade was sticking up 1/4 inch. After which I made a number of passes over the blade, shifting the fence of the noticed over about 1/8-inch minus a hair with every go, till I’ve created the 1/2-inch channel wanted. Every channel required about 6 passes over the desk noticed blade.
As soon as the underside and again items had been lined up within the cupboard, I positioned the facet items again within the cupboard, after which minimize the dividers that match contained in the channels I had simply minimize. It took me a few tries to get the peak of the dividers excellent, however I positioned a chunk of lumber minimize to width and positioned on prime within the again to assist me decide when all the pieces was the identical peak. Because it was very arduous (unattainable, actually) to succeed in again there and take correct measurements, I merely took these three dividers to the desk noticed and minimize a few blade width off every time till they had been the proper peak.
I needed to maintain the highest shelf that was initially within the cupboard, however I needed it to be deeper. So I used two additional cabinets that I had from the again wall of cupboards (these cabinets are all being changed with 3/4-inch plywood so that they’ll all match), and I minimize them in order that that the shelf sits about 6 inches nearer to the entrance of the cupboard than it did initially. Then I marked the place the sting of that shelf ended on the perimeters of the facet items and the divider items.
Utilizing that mark, I minimize the facet items and divider items as proven beneath. I used a straight edge to mark the straight strains, and a quart paint can to mark the curve. Then I used my miter noticed to chop the straight areas (or you possibly can use a desk noticed), after which used my jigsaw to chop the curves.
And when the edges and dividers had been put again into place, and the shelf positioned on prime, that is what it appeared like.
Once I was positive that all the pieces would match, I simply wanted to make use of some wooden glue within the channels, and nicely as on the edges of the again piece, and glue the facet items to the again piece, and glue the dividers into place.
To be clear, the items are all hooked up to one another utilizing wooden glue, however nothing is definitely hooked up to the cupboard. So if I ever must disassemble and take away this, the cupboard can be unaffected.
And right here it’s with my skillets and lids in place.
I had initially thought-about making one thing to go on the within of the door to carry the lids. However since I solely have two skillet lids, I’m okay with them sitting on that shelf, particularly now that I introduced that shelf ahead about 6 inches. Earlier than, that shelf was to this point again within the cupboard that it was a ache to see something on the shelf, a lot much less attain these gadgets. However now that the shelf sits ahead about six inches, these lids are plainly seen after I open the cupboard door, they usually’re very straightforward to succeed in.
So one after the other, I’m working my means by means of my kitchen cupboards and drawers and getting them organized and customised particularly for a way I used them. And I’ve to confess, I can see why extremely organized individuals get a lot satisfaction out of group. This was such a easy and primary venture, and but after it was completed, I can’t even let you know what number of occasions I went into my kitchen simply to open this cupboard door and take a look at my organized skillets. 😀 Custom-made group is so extremely satisfying, and type of addictive!
As quickly as I’ve labored my means by means of all of my kitchen cupboards and drawers, I’ll give y’all a “tour” of all of them in a single publish. However till then, in the event you’d prefer to see the opposite group I’ve added to my kitchen, you possibly can see these right here:
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