Simple spice rack

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Project by AgentSkwerl posted 03-18-2012 07:14 PM 4485 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a tiny kitchen at the moment, so I have been trying to get things more organized. I have a ton of these Penzey’s spices, which are all a very nice size. But, they were stacked 3 bottles high in my cabinet, making it harder to get to other spices without knocking the bottles over. The tops of the bottles tend to break easily, so I wanted a spice rack that would hold them relatively securely.

I decided to try putting the entire thing together with oak dowels. It seemed like it would be a pretty strong way to hold everything together, and I thought the end product would look nice. The shelves are oak, and the little bottle holders are poplar. I used Formby’s tung oil as a finish. It ended up working well, and it is quite sturdy, but I did learn a few important lessons

Lesson 1: Sand the dowels thoroughly: I had a hard time getting this together, just because the dowels were just a hair’s width too big. I had to use a lot of spacers to get everything situated, and it took a long time to get everything lined up. Everything had a very tight fit, but I ended up getting a couple cracks in the poplar along the way.

Lesson 2: Apply the finish before assembly: Yeah, that was stupid on my part. I had been so frustrated by the struggle to get everything assembled that I decided to do the finish without taking the rack apart. That really made a lot more work for me. I should have just taken the extra time to disassemble it and finish it.

Lesson 3: Don’t suck up spilled chili powder with a shop vac: It will smell like tacos for days.

-- Chris, Cary NC

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will delaney

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#1 posted 03-18-2012 07:46 PM

Great design Chris!! It has a nice Shaker design to it. Penzey Chili powder for a vac freshener!! Interesting idea.

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#2 posted 03-18-2012 08:31 PM

Nice job and great lessons learned. I have so many spices I don’t know what to do sometimes. It makes them much harder to find and you end up buying more becuase of it. Your spice racks would take care of that.

Think I’m going to spill some cinnamon. I’ve been in the mood for some buns but shouldn’t eat them. Smelling would be ok. Guess I could go to the mall and just walk by one of those cinnabon stores and I wouldn’t have to get out the vaccum.

Thanks for sharing!

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#3 posted 03-19-2012 01:14 AM

That’s a great design , I might need to steal this idea. Thanks for the tip with the shop vac, my wife drops everything in the kitchen, funny no where else, just the kitchen.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 03-19-2012 07:24 PM

Very nice design! I need something similar in my kitchen.
What’s wrong with tacos?

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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