Hey guys this is Susan. So we were looking to build a small wooden spice rack for our small kitchen and got inspired by a great product on crate and barrel. So we redesigned the spice rack a bit to our liking. This build is real simple if you follow the dimensions carefully. Once all the cuts are ready and correct, it's a piece of cake to assemble it and finish it. Hope you like this project!
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Things you need for this build
- Use 3/4 inch thick scrap wood board or use 1 in. x 12 in. x 4 ft pine boards from homedepot (if you don't have scrap wood)
- Danish Oil
- 1 inch Brad Nails
- Wood Glue
Plan for this Build
How To Build The Small Wooden Spice Rack
Step 1: So for this build we need a lot of 4 ¼ inch wide pieces. So first we cut out 4 ¼ inch wide boards with a circular saw.
Step 2: From these boards, we cut out four 13 ½ inch long pieces and 4 other pieces which are 19 3/4 inches, which forms the major pieces for the spice rack. We did that using the miter saw. After that, we cut out four numbers of 4 ¾ inch long pieces for the ends of the spice rack as well.
Step 3: Once we had that done we planed all the pieces on all sides using a planer which made them all 4 inches wide.
Step 4: Next we had to mark the slots which have to be cut out for joining the pieces. Refer to the plan above for knowing the measurements to mark. So first we did this for the 19 3/4 inch long pieces. We marked the widths between each slot using a reference piece. This would be more accurate and faster than using a tape to mark 4 inches.
Step 5: So once that was done, the next step was to transfer the measurements from one piece to another. We did that by holding the pieces together and transferring the lines. After that, we repeated the same steps for the 13½ inch pieces as well.
Step 6: Next we had to mark the mid points of all the pieces to mark the end of the slots.
Step 7: So after we completed marking the mid points, we made two cuts in each slot with a jig saw and then cut out all the slots from each piece using a chisel and a hammer. We had to do some finishing using the chisel to remove splinters.
Step 8: Now it is time for some sanding. We sanded down all the pieces up to 220 grit using our orbital sander.
Step 9: Once we had that done, we moved on to the dry fitting. we did the dry fit using a mallet. It was really nice to see all the pieces fitting together correctly. Trust me, you'll love it too.
Step 10: After we checked the dry fit, we took out all the pieces and applied glue in all the slots, and then put them back together. We used glue and nails to fix the end pieces of the spice rack.
Step 11: After the glue dried up, we sanded down the entire piece up to 320 grit. Then we applied danish oil on the entire spice rack. After waiting for 15 minutes, we wiped down the entire thing using a piece of cloth.
Great! There you have the small wooden spice rack that you can add to your kitchen collection. Although there are a lot of measurements and cuts, trust me you'll love the feeling when everything just fits together nicely. On the plus side, this rack can be rested horizontally as well as vertically. This is a rack design that is not too big so it can fit in a small kitchen.
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- Cut out 4 1/4 inch wide boards for all the pieces
- Cut out four pieces each of 13-1/2 inch, 19-3/4 inch, and 4-3/4 inch lengths using the miter saw
- plane down all the pieces to 4 inch width
- mark the slots on the 13-1/2 inch and 19-3/4 inch pieces as per the plan
- Cut out the slots using a jigsaw and a chisel
- Sand all the pieces
- Dry fit to check before glue up
- Glue the pieces together and fit all into the slots as per the plan
- Use a nailer to fix the 4 end pieces of 4-3/4 inch length
- Finish using danish oil.
Make any adjustments required after checking the dry fit.