My new spice rack. FINALLY finished :)

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Project by AngieO posted 07-17-2013 02:00 AM 4727 views 5 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

YEAH!!! I built this back in May. I’ve had it laying around in my garage waiting to be finished. Found a problem with not finishing it when I built it. I had not planned on staining it… so I didn’t try to get rid of the glue very hard. Most of that evidence is hidden though :)

When I built it I had a rough cut list from a blog I like. But it wasn’t the size I wanted. So I went to Bed Bath & Beyond and picked out the spice jars I wanted to use. I found these for $1 and got 10% off my entire purchase because they didn’t have enough on hand. They shipped them to my house for free too.

I also added a lip on the edge of the shelves to keep them from falling off. They had a dowel rod and I dont have a drill press (Yet….lol) so I didn’t want to mess with those. I know there are other ways… but I didn’t want to go buy dowels either.

I made the bottom shelf taller for some of the taller spices that I use that I didn’t think I’d put in the spice jars. Mostly the Pampered Chef ones. And I have a few grinders too that will fit on that shelf.

I made the top shelf a little smaller as well and did not put an edge on it. I thought that would make it a little easier.

I finished it just with some MinWax stain that I used. It was the first time that I used the pre conditioner that I have. Which of course after I used it I read where it said to use a water based stain. Luckily I had some MinWax water based stain. I used the Colonial Pine (I think that’s what it was called). Then to finish it off I used a wipe-on poly. First time to use it. I like it better than just straight poly. Much easier to apply. I liked the finished look better. Of course I had to put more than one coat on… but it was worth it. Much happier with the way it turned out.

All in all… I’m happy with it. Now I just have to find my label maker so that I can label the jars and get them put in their new home. Oh… and hang it on the wall. I did get a new bit with this build. I think it’s called a keyhole… maybe. I like it. The wood…. of course… free pallet wood. Got it from a sign company so not really worried about it contaminating stuff. It was pretty new wood and the pallet was a specially built pallet for the custom sign they ordered. My only cost was the spice jars and the new bit… which I’ll use lots for some frames I have planned.

Thanks for checking out my project. I hope to post some more things that just need to be finished soon.

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#1 posted 07-17-2013 02:03 AM

Excess glue is one of those things that sneak in on you. Good job on the rack.

Glad you’re feeling better

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 02:07 AM

Nice job on your spice rack Angie!
From the looks of all those jar’s I would say you must be one heck of a cook! :)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 07-17-2013 02:17 AM

VERY NICE! I particularly like the lip or edges as you refer to them in place of dowels. Good idea on buying the empty jars and building to fit Wise move.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#4 posted 07-17-2013 02:25 AM

Looks good AngieO.....well thought out and plenty of room for spices !

A helpful tip before a finish goes on would be to wipe down your project with mineral spirits and it will reveal any hidden glue. It won’t raise the grain and will evaporate quickly

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 07-17-2013 02:30 AM

KDC, Thanks for that tip, I’ll remember that one. Even though I try to let my squeeze outs set or dry some then scrape ‘em off rather than wipe if off w/ a damp cloth, I sometimes miss some.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected].com

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#6 posted 07-17-2013 03:10 AM

Way to go AngieO. Now all you have to do is head down to PENZEY's to get more spices.

If there is no PENZEYS SPICES near you, you can always mail order.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 07-17-2013 03:17 AM

Don’t you just love it when you figure out how to overcome an obstacle? Nicely done.

I’d be interested in how you apply the keyhole bit.


-- DanK All my life I've wanted to be someone. I see now I should have been more specific.

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#8 posted 07-17-2013 03:28 AM

This may not be the intended purpose for this bit… But this is how I used it.

There is no Penzys. I’ll have to check it out though.

My mom says I can’t cook… But that’s because I like to use a recipe until I get it down and have made it enough times. I tell her though… “You taught me to cook… So what does that say?” Lol. She just laughs and said I wasn’t a good learner.

Oh… And if you run it with mineral spirits… What will the parts with glue on it do? Or will it be obvious? I have recently started letting any squeeze out dry as well and then scrape it off. I will see how that works out on my next project I watched some videos of The Apprentice and the Journeyman on YouTube. Man… That guy loves the glue doesn’t he? Lol. But I love what he does. So it must work.

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#9 posted 07-17-2013 03:29 AM

Oh… And I used that bit on both sides.

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#10 posted 07-17-2013 03:39 AM

That’s cool! You did good.
I like to use the plunge feature on my router to make a true keyhole shaped hanger pocket. I don’t usually have the option of an open rail like shown. Sometimes I make them vertical, and sometimes horizontal. It really messes with people that try to remove the piece by lifting it up when it’s supposed to go sideways!

I did something today for the first time. I applied tape to the joints and finished the inside of the box (see “what does your dream tool box look like” forum) before gluing it together. Boy did that work slick! No worries about glue squeeze out. Just wipe it off with a damp rag while wet. This technique won’t work with glues that will mar your finish, like urethane glues, epoxy, etc. In those cases, one could tape next to the joint so the squeeze out goes onto the tape which can be peeled off before glue sets.

-- DanK All my life I've wanted to be someone. I see now I should have been more specific.

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#11 posted 07-17-2013 03:51 AM

That’s one heck of a spice rack Angie. Good work. I like spicy food but it doesn’t like me.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 07-17-2013 03:53 AM

Looks like you’re having a blast Angie, very nice looking rack.

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#13 posted 07-17-2013 03:57 AM

Thanks :)

I was going to originally use my plunge router to do that too. I don’t remember why I didn’t. I added the open rail for hanging support. This is going to hang in my laundry room on the wall behind my back door. It’s otherwise dead space. And I can use all the room I can get. It will be handy there.

I guess tomorrow ill have to practice on using that bit on some scrap wood. I have some picture frames that I need to hang this weekend. I found a new friend that is local that does woodworking and has all his own framing equipment. He’s going to cut me some glass for the frames I’ve made.

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#14 posted 07-17-2013 05:27 AM

Nice spice rack Angie! That keyhole bit is great for plaques and wall hangings!

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 07-17-2013 08:49 AM

Nice spice rack, Angie. I like everything visible like that. It is like having tools hanging on the wall. You know exactly where to find them when you need them!! Great going!!

That is neat way to use the keyhole cutter when you have an open end to work from. it it was solid back, you would have most likely plunged it!

Did you sign and date it?

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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