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What to do when you're stuck inside in a blizzard? Build a pantry of course!

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Badfish740, Feb 11, 2010.

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  1. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    As part of my ongoing basement renovation project I decided to build my wife a pantry under the basement stairs. We needed the space because the kitchen is a bit lacking in cabinets and this was a much cheaper alternative. To the left of the pantry will be a chest freezer I scored on Craigslist for $100 so between stocking up during can-can sales at Shop-Rite and storing venison we'll be set.

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    I built the wall on the left to close off the rest of the steps and sheathed the whole thing in 7/16" OSB so that I could locate the shelves wherever and still have something to screw into. The chase on the upper right will carry flexible ductwork and wiring to the finished side of the basement.

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  2. lexybird

    lexybird Minister of Fire

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    sweet ,always good to make usable space that was wasted before
  3. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Nice work.
    Gotta get those projects off the "to do" list sometime,
    during a blizzard is great timing.
  4. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Nicely done . . . pantries are very nice . . . gives one a sense of being prepared when the pantry is full.
  5. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm going to assume that the space to the left of the pantry will be used to store extra cases of beer??
  6. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    Gee Jags, what gave you that idea?

    Definitely-it was on my mind the whole time I was building the thing. It's not exactly "New Yankee Workshop" quality but it'll do the job. We got a trial BJs membership and used it to stock up on non-perishables (jarred/canned items, paper products, etc...) and then said-"ok now where the hell do we put it all?" The next project will be a standby generator to make sure that once we stock the chest freezer we won't lose it all in one bad storm-not to mention the fact that whenever it rains my two sump pumps run almost non-stop.
  7. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Call it a hunch. :lol:
  8. tutu_sue

    tutu_sue New Member

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    Nice pantry. We call our under stair pantry ShopRite LOL!
  9. SlyFerret

    SlyFerret Minister of Fire

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    That picture of beer out in the snow looks familiar! I found out last weekend that beer freezes when the temp drops into the teens.

    I discovered that there was no beer in the fridge, so I tossed a few cans out into the snow last Saturday to chill them. I grabbed one as soon as they were cold enough. When I came back to get another one a half an hour, I had a beer slushy in a can!

    Who knew!

    -SF
  10. daveswoodhauler

    daveswoodhauler Minister of Fire

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    Yup, sometimes they explode if they freeze enough....note to self, do not store beer in glass bottles on the screen porch
  11. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Try a Russian Imperial Stout - they don't freeze. I'll let you guess why. :coolsmirk:
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    daveswoodhauler Minister of Fire

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    Had one a few weeks ago....mighty tasty.....I think it was like $9 for the bottle....might have been 12% alch or so....a fine sipping beer.
  13. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    We had a pantry like that on top of the basement stairs in the kitchen.

    I added the shelves on the 3 walls just like that. (I think I used pallet wood ) Shelves might have ben a tiny bit narrower. I was tired of digging for everything just tossed in there in a big heap. Also a Winter project.
    Keep all the can labels' fronts facing out, now. :)
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