Sunday, June 21, 2009

Spice Rack



Parts:
  • 2 boards: 36" long and about 3-1/2"
  • 23 dowels: 36" long and 1/4" diameter
  • 4 metal angle brackets
Tools:
  • Mallet
  • Drill
  • 30/60/90 triangle (like for geometry class)
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • C-clamps
  • 1/4" wood drill bit
  • Small drill bit (for pre-drilling screw holes)
  • Screwdriver
  • Saw (and a saw box, if you have one)
  • Level
Instructions:
  1. On the pattern below, the X's represent the centers of drill holes. Each small square is 1/4" long. Draw this pattern onto the end of one of the boards using the 30/60/90 triangle. The left side of the diagram corresponds to the front side of the spice rack.
  2. Repeat the pattern 4-1/2" apart for each row in the rack.
  3. Clamp the two boards together with the drawn pattern visible on top.
  4. Drill 1/4" holes centered on each X drawn.
  5. Saw the dowels in half.
  6. Stain or paint the boards and dowels, if you want to.
  7. Pound the dowels into the drill holes.
  8. Screw the angle brackets onto the boards so they are flush with the back of the spice rack.
  9. Screw the angle brackets onto the door. Make it level, of course.


Notes:
  • Make sure hole for the dowels are drilled at a straight 90 degrees, so the dowels don't go in crooked.
  • When drilling holes through the two boards, press some scrap wood against where the drill bit will go out the other side, to prevent the bottom board from splintering.
  • If the dowels are are the same size or bigger than the holes, you won't need glue to hold the rack together.
  • It's easier to stain the rack before putting it together than after.

1 comment:

The Sound and the Fury said...

I might have to use this...