|Project by AgentSkwerl||posted 03-18-2012 07:14 PM||3207 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
I have a tiny kitchen at the moment, so I have been trying to get things more organized. I have a ton of these Penzey’s spices, which are all a very nice size. But, they were stacked 3 bottles high in my cabinet, making it harder to get to other spices without knocking the bottles over. The tops of the bottles tend to break easily, so I wanted a spice rack that would hold them relatively securely.
I decided to try putting the entire thing together with oak dowels. It seemed like it would be a pretty strong way to hold everything together, and I thought the end product would look nice. The shelves are oak, and the little bottle holders are poplar. I used Formby’s tung oil as a finish. It ended up working well, and it is quite sturdy, but I did learn a few important lessons
Lesson 1: Sand the dowels thoroughly: I had a hard time getting this together, just because the dowels were just a hair’s width too big. I had to use a lot of spacers to get everything situated, and it took a long time to get everything lined up. Everything had a very tight fit, but I ended up getting a couple cracks in the poplar along the way.
Lesson 2: Apply the finish before assembly: Yeah, that was stupid on my part. I had been so frustrated by the struggle to get everything assembled that I decided to do the finish without taking the rack apart. That really made a lot more work for me. I should have just taken the extra time to disassemble it and finish it.
Lesson 3: Don’t suck up spilled chili powder with a shop vac: It will smell like tacos for days.
-- Chris, Cary NC