Alder Pot Rack

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Project by Canexican posted 12-01-2010 04:02 AM 4748 views 31 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a pot rack that I made for my wife over this past weekend. The wood is Alder to match the cabinets that I made 10 years ago. I used a section of metal shelving for the rack part. The through tenons are fake, I wanted to add a little Arts and Crafts element to it. My wife was very pleased with the end product.


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#1 posted 12-01-2010 04:10 AM

i’d say you should both be pleased

very well done

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 04:28 AM

Man, that looks great. I’ve always wanted a pot rack, but was always afraid it’d end up looking like just a plain metal rack hanging off the ceiling. Now I’m inspired. I was totally fooled by the tenons by the way, well done.

-- James

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#3 posted 12-01-2010 04:40 AM

Nice custom piece. I don’t ever remember seeing one with this sort of character to it before. I like the through tenon look, even if it isn’t actual a through tenon.

Did you pull something down from the ceiling, or not like the original placement? I noticed a few stray holes in the ceiling in the second picture.

Did you get the side grilles from Rockler? It looks similar to something I remember seeing there.

I’ve been trying to convince my wife that we need a pot rack. I hate always having to bend over, then lift a stack of pots or pans out, just to get the one I need. This would be so much easier, faster, and quieter!

-- 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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#4 posted 12-01-2010 05:21 AM

man o man that is quite a piece! i bet company really notices that first thing! the faux-thru tenons are super rad! i might have to steal that trick next time i get pocket hole happy!

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 05:22 AM

This is a great idea and very well done.

Since we just spent beaucoup dollars on new cook wear, it seems like we should show it off with a rack like this.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 12-01-2010 06:45 AM

I love it! Great job.

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#7 posted 12-01-2010 06:55 AM

Nice Rack! ... the pot rack that is….

Dang you have a clean Kitchen!


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#8 posted 12-01-2010 06:55 AM

Nice Pot Rack! My wife would love that in her kitchen.


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#9 posted 12-01-2010 10:18 AM

I love the design of that. I may have to do something similar some time in the future :)

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#10 posted 12-01-2010 12:25 PM

Great work, I was looking at the pic before reading your info. I do that alot, bad habit. I was like how did he get those tennons turned differently than the rails? Then I read there fake. This is very cleaver, it give it so much more interest. I think it really sets it aside from others. Love the wooden wedge as well. All around great work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 12-01-2010 03:00 PM

I am normally not a big fan of pot racks, but this one looks awesome. I would actually like to have this one in my house…. (Cant say that to loud… My bride may hear me…lol)

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#12 posted 12-01-2010 03:02 PM

This is something I want to make for my Church’s kitchen. (My kitchen is too small for this type of piece).

This is a nice design, gives me some great ideas.

Well done.

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#13 posted 12-01-2010 03:07 PM

This is a wonderful pot wrack. It’s a nice design and well made and it adds a lot to the kitchen.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 12-01-2010 03:47 PM

Great job, nice design and build!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#15 posted 12-01-2010 05:10 PM

Our kitchen is certainly too small for a piece like this as well, but I would consider modifying something to make it work. Probably wouldn’t have a shelf up top, or a very small one, but that’s fine because you can always hang the lids from the hooks as well. For our kitchen, it’d have to be two lengths of wood, maybe 8-inches apart, with joints in the middle to hold it all together. That way, you could still have a couple of rows of pots and make it worthwhile.

The false through tenons/wedges could carry over to such a design to really eleviate the mundane look of simply 2-pieces of wood mated together.

-- 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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