How to Make Plate Racks

Updated February 21, 2017

Plate racks are not only great for home organising, they work well for showcasing decorative plates as well as drying washed dishes. Plate racks are often simple in their design, and they can be built with little materials and no hardware. Oak is often used for kitchen accessories and will work well for plate racks. All the materials needed to build a simple plate rack can be purchased at just about any local hardware store.

Lay your board flat. Draw a line across the board that is parallel with the 13-inch edge, and 1 inch away from it. Draw another line across the board that is parallel with the 13-inch edge, but 1 inch away from the opposite 13-inch edge.

Draw 12 lines across the board that are perpendicular to the first two lines, and space them 1 inch apart. The two outside lines should be ½ inch from the 6-inch edges.

Drill 24 holes that are ½ inch deep where the lines intersect.

Place a dab of glue that is about a cubic-quarter-centimetre inside each hole, and insert the dowels into the holes. Wipe any excess glue with your damp cloth. Let the glue dry according to instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Straight edge
  • Oak board, 3/4-by-6-by-13-inches
  • 24 oak dowels, 3/8-by-7-inches
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 3/8-inch
  • Wood glue
  • Damp cloth
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Brandon Salo is a world-traveling writer, musician, medical technician and English teacher. After earning his degree at Northern Michigan University, he traveled the world while writing, performing as a jazz pianist and teaching English. In 2014 he worked as an emergency medical technician in New York state before he left to travel the world while finishing his first book.