Sometimes when I make something I'm more than a little happy with it.
This is one of those things.
I decided that although we have little space to store food I was going to invent a way to store canned food so we could keep a bigger and better organised stock of food over the winter. A month or so ago I posted a picture of my can rotator prototype, well this is what it was a prototype for - My can rotator door.
The doors to our understairs cupboard were pretty useless. They opened inwards, so you lost the best bit of storage, and they got in the way. I'd even taken one of them off so I could fit through the gap.
|Jam packed cupboard and useless doors|
We hadn't really been using the space under the stairs very efefficiently, I decided to give it a good clean out and realised that most of the stuff could go. This left me with a nice sized space to start to use for food storage. But I knew I needed a new door so I decide to combine the two. That way it would take up very little space and use an area of the cupboard that wouldn't usually be used.
|Once cleaned out the cupboard had quite a bit of space|
I worked out that I could have six rows of cans across the width of the door. I decided that we use more than six types so I split it into two again, so I'd have six rows of ten and six rows of seven. This type of system also means that you always use the oldest cans first - no finding a can at the back of the cupboard dated pre war any more!
Once I had a few sketches drawn up I decided to start to make it in a few spare evenings.
|Working out the spacings for the cans|
|Cutting the strips for the sides|
|Routing the groves to receive the ply|
|All the groves routed|
|The groves weren't too deep so as not to weaken the plywood|
|Starting to assemble it. All glue and pins|
|Setting the bottom ramps for the cans|
|Cutting the ramps ready to fix on|
|The front of the door is faced with MDF grooved to look like match board|
|Once painted this should blend in nicely|
|I painted blackboard strips so you could easily identify what cans were in what slot. A bit of masking tape made sure my lines were straight!|
|The door opens on a castor so the weight is spread a little bit better - not just on the hinges|
|When full the door it will hold 102 cans. The top section has 10 of each type.|
|The bottom section holds cans we don't use quite so frequently so only holds 7 of each type|
I decided on a ply body and MDF front to keep the costs down and to save having lots of different materials involved and to buy. I used two sheets of 1/2" ply and one sheet of 3/8" MDF plus hinges and handle so the costs came in at around £70 but I wouldn't like to price the labour involved as it was surprising how long it took (although it always does when you make the first of something).
The door opens really nicely (there is a castor on the one side) and although you can feel it's carrying a lot of weight it's still easy to open and shut. The number of cans it holds feels about right for us and having the vision slots on the front means it's easy to see how many you need to buy to stock up. I'm really pleased with the two little blackboard painted strips as well as it makes it much easier to see what tin you are grabbing and it kind of makes it feel a little more complete.
I'm feeling a little more organised now with food storage, although I have a long way to go yet.
Anyone else have something like this in their house?