In-Wall Spice Rack

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Project by MHarper90 posted 10-14-2013 03:34 PM 5808 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My mother asked me to create a way to organize her spices without having to buy matching jars or sets.

This is a simple construction of pine 1×2’s and 1×4’s with a birch ply back. The left edge lines up with an existing stud, the center stud was cut away (non-load bearing), and I had to add a little filler framing on the right side to meet the next stud. All fasteners are hidden except the 4 screws that hold the cabinet to the studs.

We ordered a “replacement” maple raised panel door from the cabinet company that made our existing kitchen cabinets so that it would match perfectly. This picture was taken while the door was still on order.

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 03:48 PM

Very nice.
Not sure if those middle shelves are fixed or moveable but I bet you could almost add another shelf if you arrange the spices by height. Tallest jars on the top shelf and those little 2” jars on the bottom shelf.
Nice project…...Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 10-14-2013 03:55 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. I contemplated making the shelves moveable, but I don’t own any pin-hole jigs and didn’t want to make one just for this. Also, my mother arranges her spices alphabetically, and would have ignored the fact that they are adjustable. The top shelf is slightly taller than the others for the abnormally large jars (out of alphabetical order). If I had a planer, I would have loved to make the shelves out of thinner wood. The 1x pine is overkill for such a cabinet.

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#3 posted 10-14-2013 04:00 PM

Nice work and very practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 10-14-2013 05:16 PM

Nice. I bet she loves it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 10-14-2013 06:48 PM

I like how the rack is in the wall. In my opinion, you should leave off the door, I kind of like how the spices are aligned and easily reached for use. Unless your worried about dust or dont want them exposed.

Very nice looking project.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#6 posted 10-15-2013 01:33 AM

You sir, are a genius. Tomorrow I’m smashing a hole in the kitchen drywall while my wife is away!

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#7 posted 10-15-2013 01:25 PM

Outstanding idea! Great job!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#8 posted 10-15-2013 04:02 PM

I’m with Biff on this one… My wife’s wanted a spice rack for years and can never seem to find just the right design she likes… I’ll be making some holes in the walls too! Great Design!

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