spice rack

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Project by jaykaypur posted 01-15-2012 11:58 PM 2105 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this spice rack today just to see if I could. It’s the first thing that I’ve ever put on paper, made a cut list, and then went and made it. MAN….have I got a lot to learn. LOL

This is a new shop and a lot of what I’m doing now is improvising. A whole LOT! My power source right now is a 100’ 3-way cord run from the house! Anyway, I cut an 18 1/2’’ piece off of the long cedar log and then using a bandsaw I cut my blanks out. I then cut it all to size and glued it up. This rack measures 18’’ x 12’’ x 2 1/2’’ deep. I sanded it just a bit but will leave it rough with no finish.

I still need to tweak it a bit on where it’s hanging in the kitchen but all in all, it turned out better than I expected and, more importantly, it does the job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 01:25 AM

Good job ,improvising is all part of the woodworking game.

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 02:35 AM

I love seeing that last photograph of the logs. It never ceases to amaze me that we turn logs into usable, beautiful furniture.

-- --bch

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 02:42 AM

I’ll bet the rack smelled as good as the spices!

Nice Job!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-16-2012 02:46 AM

Nice project. I’m impressed – a cut list. I generally don’t make it past rough sketches with dimensions. The design changes right up to the time I glue it up and sometimes it even continues after the piece is assembled.

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

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#5 posted 01-16-2012 02:59 AM

Great job!

Nice to have all the spices in one convenient location, isn’t it?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 03:05 AM

Great project here, really good work and again nice choice for the wood. Thanks for the post.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#7 posted 01-16-2012 03:31 AM

I have to agree with EarlS on this one, What’s a cutting list? Great job on taming that log

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 06:32 AM

Nice rack! Excellent choice of wood, good sir.

I’m actually not with the general consensus here – when I make a cabinet, I rough sketch, and then do a cut list, on most of my projects, from my desk, to entire kitchens, to those 23 beds I had to make… But it can always change in some form or another, so it’s just a guideline, rather than a stone cut list.

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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#9 posted 01-16-2012 12:35 PM

Great job!

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#10 posted 01-16-2012 04:21 PM

Nothing like seeing the log AND the finished project!

Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#11 posted 01-16-2012 06:22 PM

From another newbie, I’d say you’re off to a good start. I like how you incorporated the live edges into the back boards. Nice touch.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#12 posted 01-17-2012 12:13 AM

I’ve got to work some live edge stuff into some of my projects as well. You did a great job here : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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