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Old 08-25-2009, 08:34 PM
Location: Earth
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I need to replace the wire shelving in my kitchen pantry - shelving design uses only half the space. I was thinking about replacing the wire shelving with custom cedar shelves. However, my carpenter mentioned that he has never saw cedar shelves in that type of application. I visited the big box stores and noticed the cedar is pretty beat up and warped.

Would cedar be a good material for pantry shelves? Do you typically finish cedar with a stain/urethane coat?

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Old 08-25-2009, 08:55 PM
Location: GA
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I don't think I'd want cedar in a pantry. I'd be concerned about the odor of the wood. It would be great in a clothes closet though!
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Old 08-26-2009, 06:21 AM
Location: Philaburbia
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Agreed that cedar is more appropriate for a clothes closet. Pine ought to be perfectly serviceable for a kitchen pantry. You could paint it ... or not.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:17 AM
Location: the west side of "paradise"
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Cedar is used in clothes closets for bug prevention, and I love the smell. But the smell deminishes over time and a light sanding brings it back. And NO, you would not seal it. That defeats the purpose.
You probably went to the lumber dept. in the BIG Box. That's for outdoor application - siding and such. And it had a tappered edge (thicker on one end on the 2" x side than the other) Go to the flooring dept. where they sell the shelving. They have kits for cedar for closets. But mucho $$. That is...if your heart is set on cedar.
I would use the melamine, myself-avail in the millwork & flooring depts. It's easy maintainence, whipes/scrubs well and the light color keeps the closet/pantry bright.
Good luck.
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Old 08-26-2009, 12:07 PM
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I would not want cedar in the pantry - I don't want my food smelling like cedar- my clothes or linens sure that's ok but not my food.
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