The Ultimate Spice Rack

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Project by John Hansen posted 05-01-2017 06:23 PM 1898 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a spice rack made from some exotic wood from a pallet originating from Malaysia. It was very swirly and red, when I spotted it, I quickly claimed it and carefully took it apart to salvage every piece I could. I still have no idea what this wood is. A lot of it had rot, but there was enough to make something small. I ended up making a spice rack from it. Each container when put together spells the word “SPICES”. Each of the containers also have 3/8” diameter magnets imbedded in the back that match magnets in the backer board that attaches to the wall. Each of the containers can be removed and because of the magnets, they register right back where they belong when you put them back. You can’t see any of the magnets because I split the wood, counter-bored holes, installed the magnets and then glued the boards back together. Because of the thin kerf blades I used, the seams disappeared. Each of the containers have a dove tail lid that slides out of the way. All of the grain matches on the containers and the lids because I made the entire piece with one glue up and then separated all of them at once with the band saw. Since this one, I made others from Cherry, Oak, Walnut and even one from Bamboo.

-- John Hansen

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#1 posted 05-01-2017 07:25 PM

Pretty genious and uniqe

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-01-2017 07:45 PM

I still think Homer’s spice rack is “ultimate”

but that one you built is quite spectacular 8^)

Great find on that pallet wood and that execution with the grain matching etc. is very good.

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#3 posted 05-01-2017 08:41 PM

To be compared to the skills of Homer is quite the compliment. Thank you for keeping it real!

-- John Hansen

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#4 posted 05-02-2017 01:23 AM

Nice looking and very creative. I won’t show my wife, she may want one.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 05-02-2017 10:49 AM

WOW !!

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 05-02-2017 11:21 AM

Love the imagination that went into this one. and the wood is stunning

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#7 posted 05-02-2017 11:28 AM

quite clever and very well done. I do have a concern. If you don’t know the wood, and you don’t know what chemicals were sprayed on a pallet, do you feel comfortable putting spices in it?

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#8 posted 05-02-2017 02:02 PM

This was my prototype to see if I could do it and figure out the patterns needed. The others I made were dipped in a clear-coat to seal them. If I sealed this one by dipping it, I’m sure it would be usable. Great point and thanks for the heads up on that! We all need to be aware about the woods we are using if we are making pieces that make contact with food (cutting boards, bowls, spoons… spice racks.)

-- John Hansen

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#9 posted 05-02-2017 08:03 PM

looks good

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#10 posted 05-04-2017 12:26 AM

excellent !!!!!!!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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