Dinner Plate Shelf

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Project by L posted 06-06-2007 07:39 PM 3008 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With large dinner plates, I did not like the idea of them stacked on top of one another. Why? Too easily chipped or scratched when taking them out or putting them away. So I made a shelf that separates the 4 dinner plates we have.

I had some narrow strips of cedar that were the perfect height for a single shelf to separate a pate on the bottom of the cabinet from the one that would be placed on top of it. Now I als happened to have some 1/8” sanded plywood. I rabbet cut the upper edge of the cedar siding and glued in the plywood. I then cut and installed two more shelves on top of this one. I had a choice to glue up the sides first and then cut a slot for the two lower shelves and rabbet the top shelf in or build separate units and attach them later.

Anyway, the end result is exactly what I set out to accomplish, keep the plates separated. And it looks a whole lot nicer than some store-bought wire rack deal.

I just added a picture to provide some cabinet shelf height perspective…


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#1 posted 06-06-2007 07:41 PM

That should preserve them! Tough to fit a 12 place setting in there though. It would be a good excuse for me to use with my wife to NOT entertain. Get rid of some plates! LOL…nice idea!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 06-06-2007 07:58 PM

I think it is a brilliant plan to meet your goal!! And it sure does look beautiful.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 06-06-2007 09:13 PM

Nice idea…and definitely better than the wire rack stuff..

Mot….that just means you need to build a cabinet that can fit the 12 place settings..with the individual storage incorporated…preferably one that requires another tool or two…

-- Bob

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#4 posted 06-07-2007 05:42 AM

It definitly fits the bill. Only two plates? LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 06-07-2007 12:07 PM

OK… even my wife asked, “Why didn’t you put the other two plates back before you took the picture?” It’s just we two in our home.
I Love the comments, guys.

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#6 posted 06-07-2007 04:01 PM

Functional projects are so great! When a project makes a difference around the house, you know it was a successful wood adventure. Like building a table or dresser – if they are successful, people put things in the drawers or on top of the table.

Very nicely done LJ

-- -- Skee from MN

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#7 posted 06-07-2007 04:39 PM

Nce! We need some extra shelving like this in our kitchen cabinets – then again, we need new kitchen cabinets … :-)

-- John

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#8 posted 06-07-2007 06:11 PM

Beautiful wood LJ and a sound plan, looks like you satisfied the person you needed to make happy. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 06-07-2007 10:40 PM

I should have thought to show ya’ll some of the edging detail that I put on each shelf… Now, you can see the wear and scuff marks on the edges of the shelves, imagine doing that to the dishes! In a little while I can clean it up, buff it and apply a new coat of poly and voila, like new!

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#10 posted 06-08-2007 11:10 AM

yah… great shelf and clearly room for 4 plates.
Great solution LJ!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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