Farmhouse Spice Rack

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sherwood_woodcraft added on 6/20/2016

Simple DIY spice rack from scrap wood. In these plans are the tool list, materials and cut list for making this for your own kitchen.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Rough Cut Pieces

Using your tablesaw, circular saw or bandsaw, cut three 3 in. strips from the board.


Cut To Length

Start by cutting the strips into their final lengths
2 - 18" Sides
2 - 13" Shelves
1 - 14.5" Bottom Shelf


Cut Tubing

Cut 3 sections of 3/8" copper pipe at 13.5". These will be what keeps your spice on the rack.
(feel free to use dowels or other found items for these pieces)


Make Attachment Plate

Using scrap from your initial cuts, rip piece down to 1.5" wide. Then rip piece to a thickness of 1/4" and cut to 14.5" long. This will be attached to the back of the rack to provide a piece to screw through for hanging.


Cut Notch for Plate

Designate a back face for your two 18" sides. On the back faces place a mark 6" from the end and then 7.5" from the end (This end will be your top). Next mark down the side 1/4" from each mark and connect the lines on the side. With a handsaw, coping saw and chisel, remove the waste in this section to create a dado to hold the attachment plate and keep the rack flush with the wall. End result should look like picture shown.


Drill Pocket Holes

Using one of the many Kreg Jig systems, place pocket holes on the following pieces:
On both 13" shelves, place 2 pocket holes on bottom side of each end for a total of 4 holes per piece.

On your two sides, place 2 pocket holes on the inside face of the end marked as the bottom.


Dry Fit Pieces/Layout

Once the holes are drilled, dry assemble the pieces to assure there are no gaps.
Now using the spice containers you're going to place on the rack, find the best spacing for your shelves. I placed my first shelf 6" from the bottom and the next shelf 5" above that.
Once you have your shelves spaced appropriately, mark on each side where they will line up.


Mark and Drill

Using the marks that you made, measure 1.5" up from the shelf. This is where your tubing rail will go.
I drilled my 3/8" hole for the tubing 3/8" from the front face. Depending on the size of containers you may want to move this in or out.
This is also a great time to add some character. I cut a 45 degree miter off the top corner.



Using the Kreg Right Angle clamp and pocket screws, begin assembling the rack using the marks you made during dry fitting.
Don't forget to place the tubing rails before screwing it all together.


Double Check

Once assembled, double check that everything is lined up how you want it.
Using 4 screws, secure the attachment plate on the back.
Depending on the wood you used, you might not want to chalk paint yours; if so, skip to the last step. If you want to chalk paint yours, follow the rest of the steps.


Prep for Paint

If you're using copper or metal tubing that you don't want to be painted, use some strips of painters tape to cover them.



A simple and quick way to paint small projects is to use chalk paint. You can buy pre-made chalk paint or make your own for cheap. Mix 1 teaspoon of hot water to 1 tablespoon of plaster of paris and stir until all clumps are gone. Add 2/3 cup of the paint of your choice and mix well.
Using a brush, paint the entire rack and let sit for 20 minutes, or until dry to the touch. Apply second coat and let dry another 20 minutes.
One benefit of chalk paint is the rate at which it dries. I was able to get 2 coats on in under an hour.


Add Character

Chalk paint, once dry, scuffs off easier than plain latex paint and allows you to add some wear in really quick. Using 120 grit sand paper I roughed up some spots that over time would have worn naturally to speed the aging.



Go around the the piece hitting some edges with the sandpaper, be sure not to rough up spots that wouldn't naturally get worn by using the rack.


Apply Sealer

To seal in the look you want, use a quick drying spray lacquer in the finish of your choosing. Two coats work great.



Use the appropriate fasteners to attach the rack to your wall. I used 2 drywall screws in pre-drilled holes and screwed directly into the wood paneling.



Fill your rack and enjoy your stylish spice organization!

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(1) 1x10, 36", Board  


(12) 1 1/4" Coarse Pocket Hole Screws  
(3) 13" sections of copper tubing or dowels 3/8"  

Parts/Cut List:

(2) Shelves, 3/4" x 3" x 13"  
(1) Bottom Shelve, 3/4" x 3" x 14.5"  
(2) Sides, 3/4" x 3" x 18"  
(3) Rails, 3/8" x 13.5"  
(1) Attachment plate, 1/4" x 1.5" x 14.5"  


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