Cabinet-mounted spice rack
Constructed without screws, and just a little glue.
I originally made this in 2015. We recently moved, and I was able to re-use this at the new place.
The final product
This matched the cabinets at our last place pretty well. And it holds all our spices.
This started out as a simple rack, where every shelf went all the way across. But I forgot that we have some extra-tall spice containers, so I altered it to have a double-height section on the left side.
In the previous image you can see on the left side of the double-height section that I filled in holes that shouldn’t have been there. I updated the plans to make a double-height section, but forgot to remove the construction marks on the wood so I drilled holes there anyway. Oops.
At this point I didn’t own many tools. I bought some oak project boards from Lowes and cut them to length with a hand saw. I also didn’t have a work bench, so I did the cutting on some cardboard on the floor of the garage. I used masking tape to keep the boards from splintering too much.
The dowel jig
I made a jig to drill holes for the dowels, to align the holes in the ends of the boards with the holes in the vertical pieces.
This started out as a jig to drill the holes in the vertical pieces, and it mostly worked except that some of the boards were wider than others (lesson learned - process everything to the same size first). After drilling holes in the uprights, I converted it to work for the ends of the horizontal pieces.
And shortly before doing this I got a work bench, which made things a bit easier.
The button jig
There are some round rails that go across the front of each shelf, to keep the spices from falling out. For a nicer joint where the rails meet the vertical boards, I wanted to use some buttons. The holes in the buttons would need to be drilled accurately, since there is not much overhang and skewing to one side would look bad.
So, I made another jig to drill the holes for the rails through the buttons. It was just two pieces of scrap clamped together, with holes centered on the buttons.
The vertical pieces
This is after all the holes have been drilled, with the buttons in place. Somewhere around this point I realized that I also needed a button on the opposite side of the short vertical piece, so I had to fix that.
Ready for final sanding and finishing.
I drilled the dowel holes all the way through the verticals, and cut and sanded them flush with the surface. I thought it gave a nice look.
Installed and ready to use!
This is where I installed it at our previous place. To attach to the cabinet, I cut some small pieces to fit under the top and bottom corners, and screwed those in from behind.
Update 2019: At the new place
We got rid of a bunch of old spices before we moved, and started storing our tea in this.