Simple, scrap wood kitchen cabinet racks

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Project by ajw1978 posted 06-05-2015 05:04 AM 779 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

In the process of trying to make my first cutting board and in order to override that little part of me that tends to bypass patience (and the directions), I decided I needed a little side project to keep me occupied while waiting for glue to cure.

And, as always, the internet comes through. Saw a link for a simple rack to put inside your kitchen cabinets show up on the Family Handyman feed. And with a pile of 1×4 scraps left over from a different project, I figured it would be easy and sure enough, it was.

Some quick cuts, a light sanding, some glue, screws and clamps and … done. This is by far my most favorite project to date. In fact, I like it so much that I decided to make a bunch more for other parts of the house and to have on-hand in case some friends want some for their house. Adding to the satisfaction, the CEO/CFO liked them so much she authorized the purchase of “good wood” to make the versions for our bedroom (racks next to the bed above the nightstand); bathroom (for towels and other crap that’s currently cluttering the sink) and kitchen (combined with a coffee mug rack). So … bonus.

Like I said, I just used some scrap 1×4s from Menard’s. For the fences (?), I planed down a 1×4 to about .30”, ripped on the miter saw into 3/4” inch strips. Titebond II and no-frills gold construction screws I had lying around. Only thing I bought was the finish washers—which, by the way, are a new accent piece to simple projects like this.

The ONLY thing I don’t like about this is the finish. Was killing time in the clearance aisle of Walmart the other day and found all kinds of stains, seals and paints on clearance for $1-$5. Bought a bunch of different minwax stains and polys, a few cans of spray laquer and .. against my better judgement, a few cans of Polyshades. Now, I’ve read all the horror stories and am a big fan of traditional staining. But for $1? I figured it was worth a shot on a small, crappy project like this.

Wrong. It is by far the single worst product I have ever used. And I used to shop at Sears, so that says something.

Anyway, simple project. I love it. Was so giddy about it I forgot I was waiting for glue to dry! Pretty sure its in the latest edition of the magazine, but I haven’t gotten mine yet.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#1 posted 06-05-2015 04:59 PM

Simple projects are the best. I also enjoy your reference to the CEO/CFO; it appears that we work for companies with a similar organizational structure.

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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