One of the things we were planning for the kitchen was a spice rack. We’ve got lot of spices and they clutter up the cupboard, so a spice rack seemed like just the thing to help us get organized.
I wanted to make something that was a bit unique, which would help us be more organized and which would look good.
Here’s what we built.
This is the space I had to work with. Between the side of the cupboard and the moulding on the sliding door was a 4 inch space, plenty of depth for some spice bottles.
I started with a 4×1 maple board and spent some time with our spice bottles to see how far apart the shelves should be. I made sure to take into account the thickness of the shelves and to give a little extra space to get the bottles in and out with ease.
Once I had the measurements I used a framing square to mark the start of each line and a smaller square to draw a straight line across the board for each shelf.
Next I made a mini-dado with two saw blades stacked side by side, with a washer in between. This worked out to be about the same thickness as my shelves.
I used my mini dado with the cross cut sled to cut slots for the shelves all along the 1×4.
I then set up the table saw fence and cut three 1-inch wide strips from he 1×4. These strips will hold up the shelves.
Now on to the shelves. Home depot had some 4-inch wide, 1/4 inch thick oak boards that seemed suitable. I the shelf design by drawing a curve that I liked.
Then cutting the shelves all to length in the cross cut sled.
Next I used traced the curve in several different positions on different shelves and cut them out on the bandsaw.
I only had a 1/2 inch bandsaw blade which didn’t let me cut tight curves so I used the belt sander to round out some of the rough spots.
Here are the different shelf designs. There’s a whole shelf, a hole in the middle, a hole everywhere but the middle and varying lengths of left and right shelves.
Here I’m doing a test before finishing or mounting the spice rack.
Looks good! I finished everything with watco danish oil, and then screwed the long strips to the wall. The shelves can be removed and repositions from the slots.
So there you go, there’s our new spice rack!