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With large dinner plates, I did not like the idea of them stacked on top of one another. Why? Too easily chipped or scratched when taking them out or putting them away. So I made a shelf that separates the 4 dinner plates we have.

I had some narrow strips of cedar that were the perfect height for a single shelf to separate a pate on the bottom of the cabinet from the one that would be placed on top of it. Now I als happened to have some 1/8" sanded plywood. I rabbet cut the upper edge of the cedar siding and glued in the plywood. I then cut and installed two more shelves on top of this one. I had a choice to glue up the sides first and then cut a slot for the two lower shelves and rabbet the top shelf in or build separate units and attach them later.

Anyway, the end result is exactly what I set out to accomplish, keep the plates separated. And it looks a whole lot nicer than some store-bought wire rack deal.

I just added a picture to provide some cabinet shelf height perspective…

Peace,
LJ

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That should preserve them! Tough to fit a 12 place setting in there though. It would be a good excuse for me to use with my wife to NOT entertain. Get rid of some plates! LOL…nice idea!
 

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I think it is a brilliant plan to meet your goal!! And it sure does look beautiful.
 

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Nice idea…and definitely better than the wire rack stuff..

Mot….that just means you need to build a cabinet that can fit the 12 place settings..with the individual storage incorporated…preferably one that requires another tool or two…
 

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It definitly fits the bill. Only two plates? LOL.
 

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OK… even my wife asked, "Why didn't you put the other two plates back before you took the picture?" It's just we two in our home.
I Love the comments, guys.
 

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Functional projects are so great! When a project makes a difference around the house, you know it was a successful wood adventure. Like building a table or dresser - if they are successful, people put things in the drawers or on top of the table.

Very nicely done LJ
 

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Nce! We need some extra shelving like this in our kitchen cabinets - then again, we need new kitchen cabinets … :)
 

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Beautiful wood LJ and a sound plan, looks like you satisfied the person you needed to make happy. jockmike
 

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I should have thought to show ya'll some of the edging detail that I put on each shelf… Now, you can see the wear and scuff marks on the edges of the shelves, imagine doing that to the dishes! In a little while I can clean it up, buff it and apply a new coat of poly and voila, like new!
 

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yah… great shelf and clearly room for 4 plates.
Great solution LJ!!
 
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