Black Walnut Kitchen Spice Shelf

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Project by HalDougherty posted 09-30-2010 04:29 PM 3043 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My shop and living space is in an old 2 story farm house. It has all the advantages and disadvantages of an old house. One of the disadvantages is a lack of space in the kitchen. It’s been remodeled a few times before I moved in and once after. The cabinets are crappy and aren’t arranged very well. I needed more space so I took some small black walnut boards from my cutoff pile and cut a dado in the back board. Then made a couple of wedges to glue on as shelf supports. It’s only holding a few spice bottles and I’m sure doesn’t need the extra support, but I can’t help overbuilding. I anchored the shelf with 3 wing style anchor bolts. Before I drilled the 3/4” holes I was under the impression the wall was just a sheet of drywall. NOPE, it’s 1” boards with plaster over them. With anchor bolts you could drive an SUV over this shelf and it would hold. One of the drawers was missing when I repainted the cabinets, so I made a new replacement with nice wild cherry board. I couldn’t cover this board with paint so every time I get out a fork I see this beautiful shelf against the white background… One of these days I’m going to have to build a set of cabinets to match my drawer.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 04:44 PM

Your shelf looks nice.

from the point of view of someone who takes their cooking as seriously as they take their woodworking, It is always a bad idea to store spices where they are exposed to either light or heat. You’ve done both.

Expect your spices to turn into tasteless powder in a couple of months.

Perhaps the solution is to design and build yourself new kitchen cabinets that incorporate the spices behind a door, or in a drawer. I’ll bet its a project that can be done by the weekend :)


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#2 posted 09-30-2010 04:45 PM

Nice spice shelf.

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 05:00 PM

LOL, actually the light is a 25 watt appliance bulb and I had a hard time getting enough even light to get good photos. Most of the shots I took were so dark you couldn’t see any detail in the walnut. About 2 years ago I had a gastric bypass and my cooking is a bit limited these days. A bit limited… Boy that’s an understatement. Breakfast and lunch are always something heated in the microwave. Dinner consists of a piece of meat about the size of a pack of playing cards and a couple of tablespoons of vegetables. It takes 3 or 4 meals to eat a can of green beans. For the main course, I usually cook a steak or roast on the BBQ and cut it into portions to heat up later in the microwave. LOL So, my spices don’t get heated very often or for very long! I’m almost 100 pounds lighter, my blood pressure is normal and I’m not diabetic, so giving up cooking and eating isn’t that big of an issue.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 05:07 PM

Good shelf and nice walnut

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