How to make wooden plate racks

Updated July 20, 2017

Plates are a frequently used item in the kitchen and they are also difficult to make look presentable when stacked. A great way to keep plates easy to accessible and stylish is to use a wooden plate rack. You can make one yourself and decorate it in whatever way you want. You can even further its usefulness by setting plates to dry on the rack after washing. Make sure you treat the wood with a waterproof finish if you plan to use it like this.

Cut two strips of 1.8 x 1.8 cm (3/4 x 3/4 inch) wood to the same length with a circular saw. The length of the wood should be as long as you want your plate rack to be.

Count how many plates you have to put in the rack. You will need two dowels for every plate to be in the rack.

Lay the wood strips next to each other and slightly apart so they are running lengthwise in front of you.

Stand a plate on its end, facing you, so it is resting in the wood strips.

Move the strips apart until the bottom edge of the plate is just touching the surface you are working on.

Take the plate away and measure the distance between the strips. Cut the dowels to this length

Drill holes along one side of each of the wood strip to insert the dowels into. Use a power drill to make 9 mm (3/8 inch) holes to house the dowels.

Put wood glue into each hole along one of the strips and insert the dowels. Repeat this with the other strip so you end up with 1 small ladder shaped piece.

Lay the rack on a table or countertop and fill it with plates.


You can make different sized racks for a set of crockery that includes different course plates.


Do not leave a filled plate rack near a table edge or on uneven surface as it may fall and the plates may break.

Things You'll Need

  • 1.8 x 1.8 cm (3/4 x 3/4 inch) wood
  • Circular saw
  • Plates
  • 9 mm (3/8 inch) dowels
  • Power drill
  • Wood glue
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Based in New Jersey, Michelle Raphael has been writing computer and technology articles since 1997. Her work has appeared in “Mac World” magazine and “PC Connections” magazine. Raphael received the George M. Lilly Literary Award in 2000. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from California State University.