This is nothing quite as rewarding as a DIY project which has practical value on a day-to-day basis. A spice rack is not only a handy part of every kitchen, but it is also a centerpiece which will always be noticed if carefully crafted.
Fortunately, there are a range of designs which make it easy for even beginners to make their own customized spice racks from the comfort of their home or workshop. A homemade spice rack carries its own distinctive character which helps to warm the kitchen, conveying your personal style. Here we’ll be taking you through how to make a spice rack step by step.
A basic, attractive, practical spice rack can be made at near to no cost using nothing more than a minimal amount of wood and tools. Here’s how to make your own while leaving ample room for customization.
While individual measurements will of course vary according to your requirements, this spice rack carries a decent size and is large enough for a moderate selection of spices.
Cut your boards to the following lengths depending on the number of tiers you prefer:
Sanding is far easier prior to assembly. Sand until smooth with 80-grit sandpaper and then finish off with between 120-180-grit if you are going to be staining the wood; otherwise paint it directly after it is sanded smooth using the 80-grit.
A 3-tiered spice rack will of course need holes drilled in two of the boards, while a 2-tiered needs holes in just one. Measure and mark the drilling points at roughly ¾” away from the edge at tree evenly divided locations. A countersink drill bit is very useful to pre-drill the screw holes.
Depending on the look which you are going for, you will either opt to paint or stain your spice rack. If you went for a stain, you are all set and all that if left is that final coat of varnish. But if you happen to be painting and applying paint effects, this is when the fun truly begins.
The undercoat given to the individual pieces can now be expanded upon. Be sure to stick to a basic color set which either pairs to or contrasts your kitchen.
Stained oak is one of the hardier types of wood for use in a kitchen, while cedar, teak, and walnut all make for solid choices. Always position your spice rack away from windows, direct heat, and all appliances as the temperature fluctuation can cause your herbs and spices to cake and become moldy.
Finishing touches go a long way towards the impression received when you and others observe the final product. Feel free to customize the design with any additions you see fit. Routed edges and a closed casing are just two innovative ways that you can lift this basic step-by-step project to new levels.