How to build a small spice rack

Do-it-yourself spice rack

Spice racks are handy kitchen accessories that make storing and arranging of spice containers neat and easily accessible . It is very easy to make you own spice rack from scratch, especially for those who enjoy some fun carpentry time, and it can also be dismantled with ease, should you require to move around. The one benefit of making your own spice rack is that you can recycle old, used or left over wood for this purpose and fashion the rack to available resources while adding a touch of creativity to your final presentation.


Step 1

Assess available wood

To begin your spice rack, assess the wood you have available for this project. Your design / measurements will be based on comparisons between your available wood and the available space you have for its final placement in your kitchen. Be practical and do not make an overly cumbersome rack that will take up space and look bulky. At the same time, bear in mind the size and number of the containers that should fit on each shelf, which will determine its required height and width.

In order to stay ‘green’, recycle old furniture for this purpose. Sandpaper old wood to give it a fresh look. Also use left over wood bits from prior projects to help conserve nature.

Step 2

Plan your design and measurements in detail

Once you have your resources at hand, get to work by planning your spice rack. Planning takes up more than half your work (ie., sorting out pattern, measurements, fittings, etc.), so the more you detail your plan, the easier it will be for you to work on it physically.

It is advised that you draw a plan of your rack with accurate measurements, especially to indicate where each piece fits one into the other, or where screws and pegs are to be fitted or even to indicate where each shelf will be accurately placed along the side panels, etc.

Step 3

Purchase carpentry accessories or fittings

Once you have your plan in place, you will know what sort of carpentry accessories you will require to use. It is best to first purchase these before you begin your project. You will be required to have screws, wood pegs, sandpaper and maybe even hanging fixtures. Keep some tools ready at hand, like a hammer, a simple hand saw and a power drill with the required drill bits. Paint or varnish (optional) adds a spark of life to your final version.

Step 4

Cut your wood to size

Once you have determined your spice rack measurements and the number of shelves, cut your wood to fit the measurements. Sandpaper the edges for smooth and even fitting and to give an overall professional look.

Step 5

Assemble each part

Your plan will determine where the screws and fixtures have to be placed. Once you have cut and sandpapered the wood, attach each piece together with the help or screws and pegs. Use exact drill bit sizes for the screws and pegs placings, so that it does not look untidy or cause unnecessary inconvenience while fitting these accessories in place. Attach wall hanging fixtures if you choose to hang your spice rack on the wall. Attach bottom pegs if you want the rack raised from the base, especially if your kitchen top is susceptible to water logging.

Step 6

Varnish, paint or add stickers

This last part is optional and personalizes your spice rack. Varnish your rack, or paint it, or simply leave it as it is for a sandpapered, fresh-wood look. Or better still, add stickers or paint small pictures on it that gets your fancy.

Things Needed
• Wood pieces, panels
• Tools like hand-saw, screwdriver, power drill with drill bits, measuring tape, pencil, paper
• Carpentry accessories like screws, wood pegs and hanging fixtures
• Paint, varnish or stickers

Tips & Warnings
• Good planning will determine how well and quick you make your spice rack.
• Avoid guess work as it will lead to confusion and unnecessarily resizing wood to fit newer plans.
• Be careful when using carpentry tools.
• Use old or left over wood bits. This helps recycle resources and also clears litter.


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