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.
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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
- Electric drill
- Finishing nails
- Nail set
- Wood filler
- 8 screws
- Wooden craft letters
- Paint or wood stain
Cut three 11 ½ by 1 7/8-inch pieces from the 3/8-inch thick plywood. These will be the shelves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sand all of the edges until they are smooth. You can also sand the corners for a less sharp edge.
Glue the stoppers to the fronts of the shelves and clamp them. Let dry.
Lay the backing on a flat surface and glue the sides to the corresponding ends of the backing. Clamp the sides to the backing.
Squeeze glue into the dados of the upper shelves and slide them into place between the two sides. Clamp the shelves to the sides.
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.
Drill one pilot hole into each side of the bottom shelf through the sides of the spice rack.
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.
Drill one pilot hole into each side of the upper shelves through the sides and two pilot holes through the backing into the shelves.
Drill screws into the pilot holes, making sure the heads of the screws go slightly beneath the surface. Fill the holes with wood filler.
Paint or stain the spice rack in the colour of your choice. Let dry.
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.
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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