How to design your own pantry cabinet lazy susan.

By: Brucecontryman
Our pantry cabinet design began after my wife got fed up with trying to reach and find items in the back of our storage closet.

It had 5 shelves from ceiling to floor and was so deep. You could store a lot of stuff in there, but you couldn't get to over half of it with out pulling a bunch of stuff off of the shelves.

We searched for solutions and were dismayed at the wasted spaces they left in the pantry. So I designed a lazy susan pantry cabinet with 6 shelf and they fit into the back shelves. This design used all the space in the closet.

The pantry cabinet is 76 inches high, 23" deep, 27" wide at the back and 41" wide at the front. The pantry is large and can hold a lot of storage items.

We determined to make a one half semi circle shelf with the pivot post at the front of the closet door. We wanted the Lazy Susan large and to pivot so that we could reach the back shelves of the pantry easily.

The trick was to find the center of pantry entrance and still clear the pantry door as the Lazy Susan swung around. Once I found this point I mounted a 5/8 inch pillow block bearing to the top inside of the pantry door to make all other measurements. I hung a plum bob from the pillow block bearing to the point I marked on the floor as the center of the pantry door.

I would suggest that you make a poster board template of the pantry floor to make all your measurements and drawings. Each shelf has a different dimension so make sure you know the largest and smallest dimensions. You should be able to come up with one set of dimensions that will work for all shelves. The shelves can then be cut to the smallest dimension and they should fit in any location.

My wife, my sons and I decided to paint the inside of the pantry a white color so that it would be bright and easy to find items on the back shelves and the lazy susan shelves. We wanted to used all oak plywood panels and stain them a natural oak color.
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