3 Main Tools You Need for a DIY Kitchen Storage

By: John Garcia | Date Posted: December 7, 2021

You probably already know the importance of having good kitchen organization and storage. But if you’re a DIY enthusiast, there are some additional tools that can help you make better use of limited space in your kitchen. Here are three of the main tools you need for successful DIY kitchen storage.

Main Tools You Need for a DIY Kitchen Storage

  • Lower Cabinet Rollouts

    Convert your half-empty cabinets into maximum-capacity food storage shelves.

  • The knife storage rack is hidden within a cabinet door

    Who says that you need to have a bulky kitchen knife block on your countertop? Instead,
    build a hidden knife storage container inside the doors to a cabinet. Easy peasy.

  • Build a container and container lid storage shelf.

container lid storage shelf

  • Containers are great for saving money and storing leftovers, but it’s always a challenge to find the right container and the right lid. Correct this problem by creating the ultimate container storage drawer.

  • Round up hidden spices with a spice drawer

    Spices are fantastic for jazzing up recipes, but all those little bottles can make a mess.
    Imagine opening up a single drawer (and not one way up high) where you can store up to 40 spices and see them instantly displayed to find the right one. Fantastic.

  • Add extra shelves within a cabinet space

    Let’s face it, a lot of cabinet space is wasted due to the fact that the items you store in them are of different sizes.
    But add an extra shelf or two and you can perhaps expand the amount of storage in a single cabinet by up to 25 percent or more.

  • Build rollouts underneath your sink.

    Let’s face it, underneath your sink is the biggest waste of space in your kitchen.
    But it doesn’t have to be.
    With roll-outs that fit around and below plumbing pipes, you can significantly increase the number of things you can store underneath your sink, and keep them tightly organized.
    Rollouts underneath your sink are extremely practical for homes.

These and dozens more kitchen storage ideas are found throughout the internet, but what are the main tools that you need?

Of course, there are many, but the prime tools are a cordless drill, and a scroll saw or a band saw.

However, of the three only the use of a scroll saw or band saw is unclear. Unless you are a tribesman from some lost colony in the South American rain forests, practically everyone knows how to use a cordless power drill. But what about a scroll saw or a band saw? That’s a little bit less clear.

So we turned to Woodjoytools.com, a definite expert on both scroll saws and band saws at https://www.woodjoytools.com/scroll-saw-vs-band-saw/ to clarify the difference and help you purchase the right saw if you do not have the inclination or resources to buy both.

So what is the primary difference between a scroll saw and a band saw?

The short answer, for those of you who are impatient (not a good quality for doing DIY work, by the way, is that a scroll saw allows for fine, detailed cuts, whereas a band saw allows for deeper and more thick cuts.

Aren’t you glad you asked? But of course, there is much more to it than that, so let’s explore further.

 scroll saw

Scroll Saws

Essentially, a scroll saw is a mechanical, power-operated mechanism where a small blade runs continually downward and underneath a table.

A scroll saw is not a moveable item. You move the wood, not the saw to cut.

The blades of a scroll saw are very thin, which makes a scroll saw ideal for small, intricate work, but not very good for cutting thick material.

In addition, straight cuts, particularly long straight cuts, are difficult to create with a scroll saw, as you have to manipulate the wood to develop the cut.

Scroll Saws

Although there are somewhat thicker blades available, scroll saws, even with thicker blades, only go so far. So if you need to cut wood any thicker than 2 inches or less, some experts say only an inch to 1.25 inches.

A scroll saw typically has a small table of around 16 inches or so.

In addition, with a scroll saw, you need to determine the throat size. With a scroll saw, the blade needs to move up and down, and how thick the material you can cut is determined by the throat size, which helps you determine how wide the wood is that you cut.

Band Saws

While both are on a table, a band saw has a circular blade that is quite flexible, and continuously moves downward.

Band saws are much more powerful, and can thus cut through much thicker pieces of wood. In fact, band saws, although there are limits, can be used to cut through metal.

In general, since most DIY kitchen storage work involves cutting circles, straight cuts, and shelving material, band saws are the most common tool used for cutting shelving used for kitchen work.

Only in cases such as under-the-counter wine racks, or wine glass holders will you often need the intricacies of a saw scroll.

Of course, budget plays an issue in all tools, and its probably no surprise that

scroll saws are often significantly cheaper than band saws.

Tools You Need for a DIY Kitchen Storage

In general, you can do much more with a band saw, and in particular, when it comes to DIY kitchen storage products, the ability to make long straight cuts makes the band saw the more versatile item.

DIY Kitchen Storage

But the two tools are significantly different in scope. If you want to make a lot of small, circular cuts or create an ornate, custom pattern, then you will most likely need a scroll saw which allows you to rotate the wood as you cut to create custom, circular patterns.

But as the vast majority of kitchen DIY storage products have straight cuts, if your budget requires you to choose between the two, then go for a band saw.

Yes, for overall projects, a scroll saw may provide more diversity as you can do a wider variety of cuts, but for Kitchen DIY Storage projects, you will use a band saw much more often.

Thank you for reading!


John is the founder and chief editor of Homienjoy. With over 15 years of experience in the home improvement industry, John is passionate about helping homeowners confidently tackle their projects. Holding a civil engineering degree and working as a contractor, project manager, and consultant, John brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Homienjoy community.

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