How to build a spice rack

Written by elizabeth chaplin
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Making your own spice rack is a creative way to add a personalised touch to your kitchen. Create a simple spice rack design with plywood and wood glue, and finish the project by painting or staining the rack to match your kitchen design.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • ½-inch oak plywood
  • 3/8-inch oak plywood
  • ¼-inch oak plywood
  • Table saw
  • Dado blade
  • Electric sander
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Electric drill
  • Finishing nails
  • Nail set
  • Wood filler
  • 8 screws
  • Wooden craft letters
  • Paint or wood stain
  • Brush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut three 11 ½ by 1 7/8-inch pieces from the 3/8-inch thick plywood. These will be the shelves.

  2. 2

    Cut dados into the inside face of the sides of two of the shelves. The dados should be 1/8 inch deep and 3/8 inch wide. These will support upper shelves.

  3. 3

    Cut a rebate 1/8 inch deep and 3/8 inch wide into the inside face of the sides of the last shelf. This will be the bottom shelf.

  4. 4

    Cut an 11 ¼ inch by 17 1/8-inch piece from the ½-inch-thick plywood. This will be the backing of the spice rack.

  5. 5

    Cut two 2 3/8 inch by 17 1/8-inch pieces from the 3/8-inch-thick plywood. These will be the sides of the spice rack.

  6. 6

    Cut three 11 ¾ inch by 5/8-inch pieces from the ¼-inch-thick plywood. These will be stoppers attached to the front of the shelves to keep spices from being knocked off.

  7. 7

    Sand all of the edges until they are smooth. You can also sand the corners for a less sharp edge.

  1. 1

    Glue the stoppers to the fronts of the shelves and clamp them. Let dry.

  2. 2

    Lay the backing on a flat surface and glue the sides to the corresponding ends of the backing. Clamp the sides to the backing.

  3. 3

    Squeeze glue into the dados of the upper shelves and slide them into place between the two sides. Clamp the shelves to the sides.

  4. 4

    Squeeze glue into the rebates of the bottom shelf and attach it to the bottom of the structure. Clamp into place and let the whole thing dry.

  5. 5

    Drill one pilot hole into each side of the bottom shelf through the sides of the spice rack.

  6. 6

    Insert finishing nails into the pilot holes, using a nail set to push them slightly beneath the surface. Apply wood filler to hide the holes.

  7. 7

    Drill one pilot hole into each side of the upper shelves through the sides and two pilot holes through the backing into the shelves.

  8. 8

    Drill screws into the pilot holes, making sure the heads of the screws go slightly beneath the surface. Fill the holes with wood filler.

  1. 1

    Paint or stain the spice rack in the colour of your choice. Let dry.

  2. 2

    Paint or stain the wooden craft letters in the colour of your choice. The craft letters can read "Spices" or "Spice Rack" for an added design element.

  3. 3

    Glue the letters onto the upper part of the spice rack. Let dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Get creative with the lettering by adding polka dots, stripes or flowers with paint.
  • You should always wear protective gear when using a table saw and sander.

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