Pot Rack - Red Oak and Black Steel

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myerlon added on 11/1/2017

My wife has wanted a pot rack for a long time, so I finally got around to building her one. This was just a simple idea I had, no real plans drawn up or anything. I looked at a lot of other designs and didn't really see anything I liked, so I talked it over with her and we went with this.


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Gathering Materials

After looking around the HD I decided to go with 36" x 19" Red Oak Frame because of the 1/4" x 3' steel rods I found. Picked up 10) 1/4" x 3' steel rods, large and small steel s-hooks, 4 corner brackets with screws, 2) 8' 1" x 4" Red Oak boards, a couple of cans of Rustoleum Black Steel Paint & Primer spray cans and a small can of Minwax Red Oak Stain.


Spray Painting Hardware

I used an angle grinder with a metal cut-off wheel to cut the rods in half and spray painted the hardware.


Choosing Amount of Stain

I did a few test stains on a scrap of Red Oak so my wife could decide on what she wanted. She went with the darkest, stain only. You can see the lighter shades are quick wiped and shellaced.


Sizing the Wood

Now that I had the dimensions of the rods I cut and sanded the wood to 2) 36" and 2) 19" boards. Used 80/220/400 grit sandpaper and routed a slight chamfer all around inside and outside on top to ease the edges


Drilling Holes

I ended up drilling 16 holes 1/4" deep, spaced roughly 2 1/4" apart and 1 1/2" from bottom so there's a 2" rim above rods for shelf space. On top of the two long boards I drilled 2 holes spaced 23 1/2" centered for the hooks. And drilled the holes for the corner brackets on the inside above the rod holes, remember to have your short boards outside of the long boards. This gives you the 1/4" deep holes on each long board for the 18" rods.



Nice dark stain for the wood.


Putting It Together

I used a hammer and a block of wood to get the rods in solidly, should have chamfered the edges so they'd go in easier. But I finally got both boards on the rods. I ran into a problem installing the corner brackets and ending up removing them. The brass #8 x 5/8" screws broke, I ended up brad nailing with an 18 ga nailer. I'm going to be adding flat corner braces to the top this week for surety and some 1 1/4" steel screws. 4 small hooks facing out on top of long sides and I'm ready to install it.


Hanging It Up

Installed 2 Large hooks in the ceiling joists around our skylight, you may have to crimp them a bit to keep the chain from popping out. If your ceiling is flat you may want to go with 4 hooks so you don't have to adjust to keep it level. The chains looked a little short, but the lady of the house said it was the perfect height for her. Added a magnetic knife rack on the sink side and I was done. I later added 2 more ceiling hooks because of balancing issues, and shortened the chains. The slope of our ceiling was such that the level was only slightly off across the span of the short side. Overall I recommend 4 hooks, it's just too much of a pain keeping it balanced otherwise.


Loading It Up and Final Thoughts

She immediately started loading it up, extremely happy to finally have her pot rack over her island. I believe the corner brackets on the inside of the frame would have been fine if not for the brass screws breaking off. I assume it was because of the density of the oak, or the softness of the brass but I may be wrong. The flat corner braces will be pilot-hole drilled full depth, I didn't go quite the full 5/8" for the brass, but oh well. I've given rough dimensions for my needs, but yours will be different. It's just a matter of deciding how big you want it to be, considering your available space and ceiling. I went with 2 hooks because of our sloped ceiling. Hope you like it and go Build Something!

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Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(2) 1x4, 96", Board  


(8) 1/4" x 3' steel rods  
(20) large and small steel s-hooks  
(6) 2 large and 4 small anchor hooks  
(4) 4 corner brackets with screws  
(1) 25' of steel chain or however much you want  
(2) 2) 8' 1" x 4" Red Oak boards  
(1) Rustoleum Black Steel Paint & Primer spray can  
(1) a small can of Minwax Red Oak Stain  
(1) 80 grit, 220 grit and 400 grit sandpaper  

Parts/Cut List:

(2) long sides, 36"x3/4"x3.5"  
(2) short sides, 19"x3/4"x3.5"  


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