Spice rack with copper dividers

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Project by Michael Donnelly posted 04-12-2013 09:02 PM 2266 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After I finished the stereo stand my girlfriend asked me to make a spice rack for the kitchen. The one we had was too small, and she wasn’t thrilled with the style.

The sides are maple, the shelves are aromatic Spanish cedar, and the back is 1/4” baltic birch. She wanted some sort of dividers to make sections for different kinds of spices. They didn’t need to be load bearing, so I used copper pipe so it would match the pot rack hanging near it (an earlier project, the sixth picture above).

This was my first experience cutting dovetails and dados. The dovetails went well (probably because I spent a full day practicing on scrap wood and getting the depths right), but I made a mistake on one of the dados. I didn’t have enough Spanish cedar that was the same thickness, so one of the shelves is thinner than the other two. I was going to put the thin one on the top, but when I started cutting the dados I forgot and cut the third set the same width as the first two. I ended up putting the thin one on the bottom and shimming the slots with cardboard on the bottom so the shelf would fit securely. Since the bottom of that shelf will be below eye level, I’m hoping most people won’t notice it.

I used the router to put a curve on the front edge. The rack is large enough to be a little imposing on the kitchen wall, and I hope the round edges will soften it some.

It’s finished with Danish oil. I didn’t lacquer it because I wanted to be able to smell the cedar. I used steel wool to make the copper look clean and uniform.

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#1 posted 04-12-2013 09:25 PM

Great design! Practise paid off because those dovetails look PERFECT!

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#2 posted 04-13-2013 12:27 PM

Well done!! Like the copper, great idea.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 04-15-2013 03:25 PM

Thanks. :)

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#4 posted 04-16-2013 01:31 PM

Cool idea on the copper, looks good with cedar. Like the design and the joinery. Totally matches the pot rack. Great job!

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