magnetic spice rack

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Project by uutank posted 01-09-2011 06:45 PM 3962 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project began, as most do ,as a request from my daughter for a spice rack for her new apartment. She was very specific as to the size (no wider than 12 inches) and no higher than 18 inches oh and it must mount magnetically to the side of her refrigerator. How am I going to make something of that size light enough to stick to a frige fully loaded with glass jars filled with spices? Normally weight is not a concern of mine and I’ve never given any real thought how much wood weighs so this was something I had to really think hard on not to mention how much weight a magnet can hold.
My first attempt was using white oak and weighted in at 5 lbs—not good .. I tried several other types of wood finally settling on clear pine with a final weight of just over 2 lbs not counting the magnets… I also went thru several smaller size rare earth magnets that just couldn’t handle the weight. By luck I found some 2 inch rare earth magnets at applied magnets ( that also came with the metal cups.. they rate at 40lb pull each and as you can see I used 6 ..yea I know it’s over kill but I’ll be darned if it so much as giggles once it is on the frig. To attach the magnets I used 5 min epoxy. I added a screw and some washers as added protection. You can also see I used a small router bit to add at least a small amount of visual interest to the wood before
the entire thing was washed with wood conditioner and a light stain added for some color. 4 coats of satin lacquer and done. It left the house this morning. My daughter was totally delighted.
As usual our great Dane snow felt the need to be in the middle of everything and insisted on being in the pictures. Thanks for looking

-- Ray,VA

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#1 posted 01-09-2011 06:53 PM

cool idea but im curious to know where you would put it that it needs magnets….awesome work

-- M.K.

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#2 posted 01-09-2011 07:04 PM

I like this piece. It has a nice feel to it. The idea of a magnetically attached rack for the fridge is creative. (Mine is stainless, so nothing sticks to it. Bummer.) Anyway, it’s a nice piece. As an ex Dane owner, I also appreciate the dog. Wonderful creatures.

How about applying your skills to make some boxes?


-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 01-09-2011 07:09 PM

Great idea…. too bad my fridge is on the other side of the kitchen from the stove for me. Maybe I can use the concept to make something to hold pads and pens for the grocery list.

I too am an ex-Great Dane owner… my good friend Mac the Harlequin Great Dane. Perfectly behaved 165lb boy.
My mother always said he looked like he had a bubblegum nose… from being pink like that. I miss him.

Thank you for sharing,

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#4 posted 01-09-2011 07:20 PM

great Idea thank´s for sharing it :-)

and a Lovely sad looking Dane you have
maybee if you skip him a cookie now and then it wuold smile to you
I´m sure your daughter will cook some for you now …LOL

it always a pleassure toi build something the fammely will use

take care

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#5 posted 01-09-2011 07:22 PM

Nice idea, but . . . . . 6×40 = 240 lbs pull : Once its on, will she ever get it off ? :-)

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#6 posted 01-09-2011 08:38 PM

Hi Ray
I like this concept, its pratical and very creative. I bet it will get lots of uses, just keep it high enough out of the reach of that horse umm dog of yours.

I really like the compartments of the rack. I been wanting to build a compartmented tray just like this for my chests, but I have had poor results. I try cutting them on the table saw or router but they end up terrible, and it is never used. I think I need to read a tutorial on how to make these even and proportionate. How did you manage to cut yours so evenly. Was this your own design, or did you pick it up somewhere?

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#7 posted 01-10-2011 12:22 AM

I’m no expert, but I needed to make dividers to go in a six-drawer chest for my wife’s sewing stuff.
I used 6mm MDF -’cos it was available – but getting the ‘cross halving joint’ cuts just the correct width as well as in the correct place didn’t go so well, and they didn’t line up too brilliantly. Also the thickness of the dividers made them look clumsy.

I looked for some thinner material, and found some 3mm MDF, which looked better, and was the same thickness as my table saw kerf!
So I cut the dividers to length for all the ‘up/down’ and ‘across’ pieces, then cut the slots in the set of ‘up/down’ pieces all at the same time. Did the same with the ‘across’ set – all with just one pass over the table saw set to a tad over half the divider height for each ‘joint’.
There was no way they couldn’t be right! And when installed they looked fine and square.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#8 posted 01-10-2011 05:23 PM

Nice spice rack, 6×40lbs mags. WOW I guess if she ever moves the fridge is going to have to go with her. 240lbs worth of mags, you’ll have to use a pry bar to get that thing off. I like over kill. LOL

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 01-10-2011 10:46 PM

So, how the heck do you get it OFF the fridge?

-- If you're over 100 years old there's an 80% chance you're a woman.

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