Deluxe Spice Cabinet

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Project by AnthonyRH posted 12-24-2013 08:41 PM 876 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife promised her mother that I would build her a spice rack for Christmas. After talking to the mother-in-law about what she wanted/needed, I determined that a small wall mounted cabinet would work better for her in her small kitchen where counter top space is at a premium.

Since the project was already assigned to me and couldn’t really be a surprise, I decided to add a little custom touch by making the door of the cabinet a picture frame that could hold eight 4×6 photos in either a landscape or portrait orientation. I made the openings 6 1/4” squares on the back with a 5 3/4” reveal on the front. The carcass is made of solid red oak planed down to 5/8” and the adjustable shelves are planed down to 1/2” (only holding spices, so I don’t think they need to be thicker). Because the door is going to be opened and closed a lot, I decided to use acrylic instead of glass for the openings. It was really easy to cut with a straight edge and a box knife.

The nice part about this project was that it was made almost entirely out of “scrap” materials. The only things I purchased were the acrylic and the turn buttons to hold the oak back panels in place. The shelf pins, hinges, and door pull were all either scrounged from the shop or left over from previous projects. Total investment was about $35.

The project will mount on the wall with a French cleat so that I don’t have to put any screws through the back of the cabinet.

There are always things you would do differently on any project, but overall I am happy with how this turned out and am looking forward to seeing what the mother-in-law thinks of it tomorrow.

Any comments or suggestions are always appreciated.

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#1 posted 12-24-2013 11:13 PM

Anthony, looks like a good solution to the small space. I think the photo frame idea is a nice touch.


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#2 posted 12-24-2013 11:15 PM

I like it. The pictures are a cool idea. Much better looking than a plain raised panel door.

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