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Project by Jeff Dubofsky posted 02-24-2010 04:18 AM 2128 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple quick projects made from scrap that were very much needed. The spice drawer is red oak and the cabinet door rack is alder with cherry plugs. Now, if I only had more space for the rest of the spices!

-- jdubo, Hartland Wisconsin..."If you see a flaw in my work take a (big) step back!"





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Jonathan

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#1 posted 02-24-2010 04:36 AM

Geez, do you own stock in Penzey’s? Just kidding, they provide a great service with excellent products.

Nice rack and drawer organizer!

I’m debating whether or not to add metal racks for our spices that we can currently get for a bargain, or to spend a few more bucks to build my own (don’t currently have any or enough worthy scrap). I may end up building them to really mazimize the limiited space we have for this. I wish we had enough room to have a spice drawer, but alas we don’t.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 02-24-2010 05:00 AM

Great spice racks. Really like the inside the drawer one.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#3 posted 02-24-2010 05:01 AM

Very nice projects excellently done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 02-24-2010 03:14 PM

I like the design. Great way to keep things organized.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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Jeff Dubofsky

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#5 posted 02-24-2010 07:16 PM

No stock in the company, but I’m certain we’ve put one of their children through college…..one recipe at a time!
We don’t have a big kitchen with much storage either, but I realized that if I consolidated two “junk” drawers and moved some of the non-essentials into the basement storage area, I “found” a drawer to use and had the ability to shorten two of the cabinet shelves to make room for the door rack.

Thanks for looking and the nice comments.

-- jdubo, Hartland Wisconsin..."If you see a flaw in my work take a (big) step back!"

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Mary Anne

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#6 posted 02-24-2010 07:29 PM

Great storage solutions, nicely done.
Spice rack is on my short list, too. I’m short on space in my kitchen, too.

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Jonathan

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#7 posted 02-24-2010 07:29 PM

Good point on shortening the shelves a touch. That’s probably the route I’ll go. That way, I can maiximize the number of shelves on the rack without having to work around a protruding shelf edge.

I suppose it’s true about trying to really figure out what you need immediately on-hand, and what is only an occassionally used item that might be better kept somewhere else.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 02-24-2010 07:52 PM

Two more questions after studying the build

1: Did you just glue the top rail to the sides, or did you screw it or nail it too after sliding it into the notch? I guess it doesn’t really matter since it rests against the door and can’t be seen, but I’m wondering how you approached this?

2: Are the dowels dry fitted, or glued? I guess since you cut dados for the shelves, you could dry fit it if it’s tight, but maybe you used a bit of glue?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Jeff Dubofsky

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#9 posted 02-24-2010 09:26 PM

Jonathan…If you are asking about the top rail that holds the rack to the door, I glued it and tapped a brad into it for extra hold. you can’t really see it, but there is the same rail/dado on the bottom just above the bottom shelf.

Yes, I cut shallow dados for the shelves and, mainly for looks, I reinforced them with the cherry plugs. I used the miller dowel cutting system . http://www.millerdowel.com/

the long dowels are just dry fitted. There’s a bit a play in them, but not much. Glue would certainly work as well.

-- jdubo, Hartland Wisconsin..."If you see a flaw in my work take a (big) step back!"

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mvidas

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#10 posted 02-26-2010 03:09 AM

I’ve been wanting to do the inside-door / shelf-shortening myself, slowly warming the wife up to the idea (a few more weeks…). I like that drawer holder with tilted bottles, where’d you get the design?

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#11 posted 02-26-2010 03:13 AM

Nice work.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Jeff Dubofsky

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#12 posted 02-26-2010 05:59 PM

I’ve seen the tilted bottle “look” at the stores and catalogs that sell kitchen storage accessories, but they’re usually made out of plastic, or wire, etc…. So I guess it’s generally my design based on what is typically manufactured with different materials and the dimensions of the drawer. Thanks for looking…..

-- jdubo, Hartland Wisconsin..."If you see a flaw in my work take a (big) step back!"

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