De-cluttering the Kitchen—Cutting Board Wall Rack

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Project by Brad posted 05-11-2014 10:10 PM 5767 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like many woodworking projects, this one started with my lady asking, “Can we make something to hold our cutting boards? And to clear up the counter space over there?”

“And why don’t we put them up here? Right by the knives and the counter we use to prep food?

That led to a trip to the lumber yard for some cherry to match the cabinets. After completing a prototype out of pine and getting Gail’s feedback, I put this together.

The 16” backboard is joined to the 10” shelf like this:

If you look up to the pic of the rack’s future location marked by a blue square, you can see that it was necessary for it to overhang the tile by about 6 inches. That was just the right height to comfortably dock and retrieve the boards. So I had to add 3/8” spacers to the rack back.

Then, after much tapping of the drywall and use of a magnetic stud finder, I couldn’t find any studs. So my plan was to use drywall screws.

But of course, as soon as I drilled into the wall I hit studs. So only the screws were necessary.

Up went the rack and soon after the cutting boards.

That cleared up this space.

And now, the knives and prep area are within arm’s reach of all our cutting boards.

“That looks great honey. Now how about a dining room hutch to hold our special plates?”

Oh boy. I knew I was getting off easy.

© 2014, Brad Chittim, all rights reserved.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#1 posted 05-12-2014 01:21 AM

great looking board holder,every time i finish one request by the boss she asks for something else.thanks for sharing!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 05-12-2014 04:07 AM

Nicely executed Brad. It looks like it has always been there.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 05-12-2014 01:40 PM

Good simple design that fits right in. Great job, Brad.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#4 posted 05-12-2014 08:58 PM

Great idea Brad, I look at our cutting boards and now have a way to tame that clutter.

-- Jeff W., Boston, MA area,

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