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Canned Food Organizer With Hidden Storage

  • September 22, 2017


There’s nothing like hiding things from your children! Now that school has started, the snacks we buy must be kept for school lunches. But the way my children gobble things up, my husband and I needed a way to hide some of the school lunch essentials, along with other treats that we get for the kids. This month RYOBI's project theme is “hidden gems.” Right away I knew that I’d want to make over my pantry along with creating a pantry canned food organizer, but the secret to this project is that the top actually lifts up, exposing hidden storage inside of the canned food organizer! This is a great place to hide small snacks that we don't want the kids to get to. This project is very easy, using only a few RYOBI power tools!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      STEP 1: Cut Your Wood For this project, you can use a jigsaw and/or a circular saw. I chose to stick with the jigsaw since it’s so easy to use and especially since I needed to cut some side pieces with corners. I started by cutting five 1”x4” boards that were 20” long. I also needed a back piece 20" long and 5 3/8" tall. For the sides, I cut those to fit exactly based on the treads and risers on the top.

    2. Step: 2

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      STEP 2: Create a Butt Joint With Two 1x4 Boards his project will start to take the shape of a set of stairs when risers treads. Use wood glue and a nailer with 1.25" or larger brad nails.

    3. Step: 3

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      STEP 3: Add Another 1x4 to Create Another Butt Joint You'll continue gluing and nailing butt joints together to create the top.

    4. Step: 4

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      STEP 4: Add One Another 1x4 Butt Joint When it's all done, it should look like this. The top treads are wide enough to hold larger canned goods, but you can still stock the smaller cans, as well. STEP 5: Attach a Piano Hinge The piano hinge will be attached to the back of the top and to the back piece.

    5. Step: 5

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      STEP 6: Trace Out the Side Pieces In STEP 1, I showed how the side pieces look, but I didn't cut them out until after the top was constructed. This is totally not the technical way to fit the sides, but tracing them out after I have constructed them was helpful to make sure the shape was as closely fitted to the actual dimensions of the sides. This is a good newbie way to create sides that fit, especially if your top is a little crooked. :)

    6. Step: 6

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      STEP 7: Attach a Front Piece When the top is raised, it will expose a small storage area underneath. To create it, you'll need a front piece to attach to the two side pieces. Cut a piece 18.5" wide and trim a 1" x 4" board in order to fit the 2.75" height of the side pieces.

    7. Step: 7

      STEP 8: Cut Out and Attach a Bottom I may have done this backward, but I attached the bottom last. You may want to attach your bottom before you attach the front piece in STEP 7. Glue and use brad nails to attach.

    8. Step: 8

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      STEP 9: Apply Pre-Stain and Stain If you're using pine (like I did) or other soft woods, you'll want apply a pre-stain first to reduce the blotchiness that stain can cause. After it dries 5-15 minutes, wipe it off and apply an oil-based stain. I used Espresso. Use a clear topcoat after the stain dries.

    9. Step: 9

Comments (6)

  • This is how you explain it on your video....hehe

    By Dupriest3000

  • Thank you for sharing this detailed DIY tutorial!! I especially love to see a fellow Woman working with tools!!! I aspire to have my own set of power tools! :-)

    By mariarchijones

  • I loved this idea!!! Wish I had thought of it before we redid our pantry last year. I could always use this in another cabinet though.

    By ProjectsMyWay

  • I love this project. I think I'll do it just so I will have a spot to store my "emergency" chocolate stash from my husband!

    By nycmommy

  • I really like this project. It's functional and attractive and looks really fun to do. I am so pleased to know about the wood conditioner. I had never heard of it before, although it makes perfect sense. I will definitely be using it on projects in the future.

    By ThatEllisWoman

  • I saw how clean it was on the video, so glad that you left the detailed the project here. My one year old get into everything so it will really come in handy.

    By AkaiaD

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