Stove-Side Pot Lid Holder

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Project by Shawn Herrington posted 09-20-2014 07:43 AM 1713 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has long been a frustration of mine, and presumably of other aspiring chefs, that when you are cooking there is never a good place to set a dripping pot lid while you tend to the burnt mess on the stove that used to be food. Enter the stove-side pot lid holder.

I made this project without making any plans. It is made from lumber reclaimed from the door that I replaced with this project. The door was likely as old as the house (90 years) which likely means that the pine from which it was made is at least that old. I cut the rectangular parts as well as the dowels from the remarkably dense pine. I tried to photograph the end grain in the last photo to illustrate just how dense this stuff is.

The 3/8” dowels were a perfect interference fit in the 3/8” holes bored with a forstner bit. However, the 1/2” dowels kept coming out too small and after scrapping a pile of dowels, I simply decided to wedge the dowels to fill up the gap.

The finish is a thin coat of spray lacquer to discourage the pot holder from absorbing pot lid drippings.

-- -Shawn

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#1 posted 09-20-2014 10:57 AM

Great idea. Do you mind if I use it here?

-- jroot

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#2 posted 09-20-2014 12:04 PM

Necessity will always be the Mother of invention! Great idea I see one in my future.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 09-20-2014 06:36 PM

Great idea. Do you mind if I use it here?

- jroot

I certainly do not mind. I look forward to seeing your pot lid holder soon!

-- -Shawn

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#4 posted 09-20-2014 10:53 PM

Reading my mind. I hate those steaming lids. Good call

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#5 posted 09-21-2014 03:19 AM

Nice solution! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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