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How to Make a Wooden Spice Jar Rack
Tools and Materials
Learn to make a simple spice rack and organize your kitchen.
I designed this spice rack out of necessity. I like to cook, and often found that—never fail—the spice I needed was on the bottom and in the back of my cabinet 98.4% of the time. Not any more. This rack holds standard size spice jars but could be easily modified to fit any size jars. It’s a simple, straightforward project made from readily available material. Follow along, but be prepared to make more than one once your friends see it.
FREE WOODWORKING PLAN
How to Make
Cut out the holding block parts:
There are 3 jar holding blocks required, with a finished size of 1-5/8”W x 1-1/2”T x 12”L. These are made from a standard 1”x 8” piece of hardwood of your choice, I used red oak. Cut 6 pieces 1-7/8” wide x 12-1/2” long (see drawing). The material is already ¾” thick so 2 pieces together will be 1-1/2” thick.
Glue blocks together:
Face glue 3 sets of 2 pieces each with wood glue. I use Titebond II. Clamp together using moderate pressure. Remember to only glue 3 sets, not every piece. After 45 min. the glue will become “gummy” enough to scrape off the squeeze out.
Cut the mounting straps to size:
When the glue is dry, I let it go overnight, size the blocks to finished dimensions 1-5/8”W x 1-1/2”T x 12”L. Cut and size the 2 mounting straps 1-1/2”W x 3/8”T x 13-3/4”L. These are also cut from the standard 1”x 8” (see drawing).
Layout drill holes:
Refer to the drawing and layout the blocks for the drilling of the 1-7/8 pockets. Layout the spacing between each pocket, 6 places, on each block but the distance from the back edge only has to be laid out on one block. You’ll see how to repeat this location using a simple fence on the drill press.
Drill the holes:
Use a 1-7/8” forstner bit to cut the pockets. Being that they are not complete holes, this MUST be done with a drill press. Screw a fence (scrap of wood) to your sacrificial table and this will assure a positive location of the pocket from the back edge of the block.
Set the depth stop:
Set the depth stop on the drill press so that ¼” of material remains for the pocket. Be careful and take your time drilling so you get nice smooth holes. Drill all 3 blocks for a total of 15 pockets.
Test the fit for your spice jars:
Now you can see how the jars fit, not tight and you will be able to read the label at the front.
Prepare the surfaces for a finish:
Drill the 3/16” holes in the 2 mounting straps. Break all the sharp corners on all the parts, 3 jar holding blocks and 2 mounting straps. Use what you feel comfortable with, a block plane and sandpaper work well. Now is the time to sand all surfaces smooth and remove pencil marks etc. I sand surfaces up to #180 grit in preparation of the finish.
Apply a finish:
Apply a finish to all the parts. I like using a wipe on poly finish because the irregular surfaces make using a brush very difficult. Follow the package directions on the finish and when dry, assembly is next.
Assemble the parts:
Follow the drawing for assembly guidelines. Keeping the assembly nice and square is more important than holding the assembly dimensions. I listed using #8 wood screws because I always keep #8’s on hand. Using #6 wood screws would be plenty strong also.
I am showing a finished rack in use, mounted under a cabinet next to a stove. They can be installed anywhere that’s convenient for the cook, even on the inside of a cabinet door.