|Project by minntc||posted 11-12-2009 03:13 AM||2039 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
I built this “spice rack” in 2007 as a Christmas present for my wife. It’s quite obviously more than a spice rack, since we are not world-renowned chefs requiring 14 cubic feet of storage for spices. The first dilemma in this project was deciding where to put what was going to be a plain ol’ spice rack. Over the stove wasn’t a good option, since we had no vent hood and my wife’s too short to be reaching over flames for a spice jar. Next to the stove was okay, but still not ideal. So I decided on over the garbage can. Then I made the face you’re probably making right now, realizing that idea stinks. What to do, what to do…
So I came to the only logical conclusion: include the garbage can in the design. This kept me from having to ask how big the footprint would be, since this was a nook in the kermit the frog-green walls of our kitchen, but it added its own challenge, namely how to keep the stink from spreading. This one was easily accomplished by faithfully hauling even if the bag isn’t full, combined with a sealed compartment for the canister at the bottom of this cabinet. I’ve got some drawer slides and a 5”-tall drawer with a piano hinge attaching the front along with a drawer catch that allows the door front to fall away to get the can out.
Next came the idea of recipe card drawers, since we were organizing those anyway. Then while contemplating the project in my living room, I looked up from my notebook and noticed all the cookbooks we had in our entertainment center that we didn’t have room for in the kitchen. Another easy decision. Last came my favorite feature, the “landing pad”, another project I had been thinking about, but I couldn’t decide a logical place to locate.
Behind the spice drawers, I’ve hidden a power strip with enough room to plug in 3-5 devices and route the charging cords up behind the cabinet. I couldn’t really hardwire it in, because if we sell, I’d like to take the cabinet and work it into our next place, so the cables are a bit of an eyesore, which you can see in the second picture. Still, not too shabby. The cubby also has enough room for a key bowl, wallets, etc. and it does a good job of hiding that clutter from plain sight. Of course, it’s a tiny cubby with a ~7” opening, so I installed an LED light strip, and added one to the bookshelf cabinet while I was at it.
The last nice touch was the chalk board door on the cabinet so we can leave notes for each other. All in all, this was a blast, and my first experience with Peruvian Walnut (mistakenly wrote Brazilian originally). It only took me until next Christmas to get the hardware on! I had originally hoped to build little racks for the spice drawers so I could get three rows of spice jars in there, but I didn’t have enough depth to use full-opening drawer slides, so I don’t think I’ll ever actually make those.
Thanks for reading and thanks to the vets, including my dad, a retired Sr. Chief in the Seabees (Can Do!)
-- -jth | Minneapolis