How do I build a wooden spice rack?

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How do I build a wooden spice rack?
Build a rack to keep all of your spices organised and within reach. (spices image by BlueMiniu from

Spend more time cooking and less time searching for spices with a do-it-yourself wooden spice rack. The rack measures 18 inches tall and features 24-inch-long shelves to accommodate a wide variety of spices. Keyhole mounts on the back of the rack create a seamless installation without any hardware showing on your kitchen wall. Select a hardwood to match your existing cabinetry or use pine and paint it to match your kitchen trim paint. The simple design will encourage even the messiest cooks in your kitchen to get organised.

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Things you need

  • 2 boards, 1-by-3-inch, 18 inches long
  • 4 boards, 1-by-3-inch, 24 inches long
  • Tape measure
  • Box, flush trim wood screws
  • Screw gun
  • Wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood finish
  • Paintbrush
  • Router table
  • Keyhole bit
  • 4 keyhole slot covers, with screws

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  1. 1

    Place the two 1-by-3-by-18-inch boards parallel to each other on a work surface approximately 24 inches apart. The 1-inch side should be against the work surface. These are the side boards.

  2. 2

    Insert two 1-by-3-by-24-inch boards between the ends of the side boards to form a rectangle. The 1-inch side should be against the work surface. Position a board at 6 inches and another at 12 inches from the bottom. These are the shelves.

  3. 3

    Drive flush trim wood screws through the outside of the side boards into the ends of the shelves and the top and bottom boards. Use two evenly spaced screws per joint. Drive the screws with a screw gun.

  4. 4

    Fill the indentations at the top of the screws with wood putty using a putty knife. Allow the putty to dry. Sand the putty flush with the surface of the wood.

  5. 5

    Apply a wood finish to the spice rack and allow it to dry completely.

  6. 6

    Insert the keyhole bit into the router to make a 5/16-inch-deep keyhole slot. Adjust the fence so that the cut can be made in the centre of the side boards' 1-inch width.

  7. 7

    Rout keyhole slots 3 inches from the top and bottom on the back of each side board with the router table and keyhole bit set-up. Touch up the keyhole slots with the wood finish and allow it to dry.

  8. 8

    Align one keyhole slot cover over each of the routed slots and fasten them with the provided screws. The narrow part of the slot should point upward. The spice rack is mounted to the wall with these slots.

Tips and warnings

  • Add labels to the edge of the spice rack shelves to keep the containers organised.
  • Wear eye protection when working with wood.

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