How to make plate rack shelves

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How to make plate rack shelves
(Josep Altarriba)

Decorative plates need to be displayed and not left stacked up in a cabinet. With this quick and easy shelf, you will be able to show off all your special plates. Using crown moulding as a base, make them as fancy as you like and then paint or stain them to match your decor. Make a few and put them in different locations around your home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1-by-12 wood board
  • Crown moulding
  • Router
  • Saw
  • Pin nailer
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint or stain
  • Wall hanging hardware

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    Make Plate Rack Shelves

  1. 1

    Cut your board to the length you desire. Measure the width of two or three plates and add a few inches for spacing.

  2. 2

    Measure in from the front of the board 6 inches and mark a straight line across with a pencil. Mark in from each side 1/4 inch with the pencil--you don't want to cut the slot all the way to the ends. Using a router, make a slot for the plate edges to sit in. It should be at least 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch.

  3. 3

    Change the router bit and make a decorative edge on the front and sides of the board. Sand the edges to give it a nice smooth finish. Set aside.

  4. 4

    Cut the front and side pieces of the crown moulding 1/2 inch shorter than you made the shelf. Mitre the edges to form the moulding into a base for the shelf. You will need two outside corners and an angle against the wall. Put a bead of carpenter's glue on the corners and fit together. Then pin-nail the corners for strength.

  5. 5

    Measure the inside measurement of the small opening of the crown moulding base. Cut a piece of wood to fit. Place a bead of glue around the edge of the board and then pin-nail the board in.

  6. 6

    Put a bead of glue around the top edges of the large opening and set the shelf on top. Make sure your slot is facing up. Pin-nail the shelf onto the moulding.

  7. 7

    Paint or stain your self and allow to dry. Attach wall hangers to the back of the shelf and you're ready to display your plates.

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