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Project by Gittyup posted 12-14-2017 11:15 PM 1077 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Latest small project – a spice pullout. For years we have struggled to find spices that we kept in a 12” base cabinet. We’d always pickup a dozen jars before we found what we were looking for, and at times had to pull out whole trays that were hard to negotiate through the narrow cabinet door. So, I decided to make a pull out spice thing. It has two shelves and three drawers. The drawers have scalloped troughs to keep the bottles from rolling so the labels are always up. I used scrap wood for the cabinet but fancy mahogany I recently bought a ton of for the drawers. It works great!

-- tel





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Woodknack

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#1 posted 12-15-2017 12:56 AM

Nicely organized.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Rick S.

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#2 posted 12-15-2017 03:36 AM

Very Nice !

-- It is not necessary for Some People to turn OFF the LIGHT to be IN the DARK!

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#3 posted 12-15-2017 06:27 PM

Now you’ve got me thinking about doing this for the large pantry cabinet in our kitchen that is so deep you can’t see what is in the back of it.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 12-15-2017 08:51 PM

I think that most spice racks/organizers I’ve seen have had the bottles standing upright – you can really see with your design how much easier it would be to see the labels/find the right stuff when they’re on their sides. Nice job!

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Gittyup

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#5 posted 12-15-2017 10:47 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone. Yes laying down is much easier to see. No bottles hiding behind others. The only issue is that this cabinet is so narrow that I can only get 1 tall and 1 short on top of each other. Here it works out to 16 bottles per drawer or 48 spice bottles, 24 tall and 24 short in the 3 drawers. Everything else goes on the two shelves. I think it’s just enough space, as we are hardly gourmet cooks anyway.

It was a very easy project except for the troughs in the bottoms of the drawers. They had to stop short of the front and back to keep from ruining the front of the drawers. I had to hand chisel out the ends after using a bowl bit in my router table to cut the majority of the troughs, two passes per trough. They sell a nice rubber insert that does the same thing, but not an inexpensive item. So I elected to cut them myself.

-- tel

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#6 posted 12-16-2017 12:14 AM

This is awesome! Spices are one of (many) things in my kitchen I’ve struggled with storing so that I don’t end up with 5 jars of basil and not one to be found…I finally built a solution a while back, but mine’s not nearly as pretty.

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)

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Gittyup

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#7 posted 12-16-2017 01:21 AM



This is awesome! Spices are one of (many) things in my kitchen I ve struggled with storing so that I don t end up with 5 jars of basil and not one to be found…I finally built a solution a while back, but mine s not nearly as pretty.

- HandyHousewife

Thanks. When we were putting the jars back we found 4 jars of nutmeg, 3 jars of rosemary, and 2 jars of several others. It pays to stay organized, I think.

-- tel

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