Reinforcing DIY pull-out pantry


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Old 10-06-18, 11:02 AM
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Reinforcing DIY pull-out pantry

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I built a pull-out pantry to slide next to our fridge. I only used screws to initially build the frame and have installed the wheels and hardware. It feels wobbly, so I'm wondering if I should use wide corner braces to reinforce and reduce or eliminate the wobble. And if so, where should I place them? NOTE: the pantry isn't finished - I still need to drill holes for additional shelving and for dowels (to 'gate and secure' the contents)








I have a 2" corner brace (wide) pictured here but not installed yet - would placing it in the middle like this be sufficient? I'm avoiding doing it on the sides because I have the casters on all four corners nearly flush - wouldn't want to put braces there and potentially hit the screws securing the casters:


Here are a couple I was thinking about using:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt...5052/202034033

or

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt...0487/300985590
 

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Old 10-06-18, 01:21 PM
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Did you use glue also at joints. Will help a lot. I would put 45 degree braces in back top and bottom. Use screws and glue to hold.
 
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Old 10-06-18, 02:14 PM
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No wood glue - the boards aren't square and I didn't sand them before. I literally just slapped this thing together haha. Should I undo everything, sand and glue before securing with screws? The corner braces would you recommend the wide one like I have pictured? And just one right in the middle? No need to do all four corners (and even both sides of the middle shelf)?
 
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Old 10-06-18, 04:18 PM
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It just needs a back stapled to one side of the frame (the side next to the wall I would assume) to square it up and make it completely rigid. A piece of 1/4" melamine or 1/8" hardboard. Add more shelves to it, and staple the back to each shelf. It will also make the shelves stronger so that they won't bow.
 
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Old 10-06-18, 07:27 PM
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Thanks. I was considering leaving it open through so there could be access on both sides but maybe I will put a board up. If I did want to leave it open though, what would the best thing be to do?
 
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Old 10-06-18, 08:34 PM
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Use 6" flat corner braces on every corner (they mount on the 3/4" wide side of the board) of both sides and at each shelf. Not the little micro angle braces you have on there now.
 
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Old 10-07-18, 11:43 AM
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Yes, and if you add more shelves you could put them on those as well.
 
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Old 10-07-18, 07:00 PM
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The boards I used to build the pantry are 1x4s so 3/4" thick. Those 6" flat braces were over 1" thick so they would have been too wide and overlapped. I ended up getting 4" flat braces as that's the longest they had that were 3/4" or less. Only problem is that I only bought 2 packs of 2 when I needed 8 if I were to do *all* corners lol. I installed the 4 I got on one side and the pantry is noticeably more stable. I'm planning to drill a series of holes for adjustable shelving next
 
 

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