How to Build a Wooden Spice Rack

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No kitchen should be without a spice rack. This stylish, dual wooden spice rack combination holds 12 ceramic jars. It is a space saver and also permits easy access to your favorite spices as you cook. The beautiful wood will adorn and compliment your kitchen, and the spice jars will add a special touch to help coordinate the pattern with your dish ware.

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Technical Information for Making a Wooden Spice Rack

A. Materials List:

2 A Sides 3/8" x 11 5/8" x 20 3/8" Ash
1 B Top 1/2" x 5" x 20" Ash
1 C Bottom 1/2" x 20 3/8" x 5" Ash
2 D Shelves 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 5" Ash
1 E Front 3/8" x 2" x 5" Ash
1 F Back 1/2" x 5" x 17 7/8" Ash
3 G Rails 3/8" x 1/2" x 5" Ash
9 H Spindles 1/2" Dia. x 1 1/8" Ash

White Ash


  1. Spindles can be purchased at lumber, hardware, or craft stores.

B. Patterns:

  1. Scale Front E to the drawing dimension size.  This can be accomplished by measuring the print out of the project and dividing that size into the dimension size shown on the drawing, or listed in the Bill of Materials.  This will give a “Multi-Factor” that can be used to figure the enlargement size for the pattern. 
  2. Take the drawing printout and the multi-factor to a printing company.  Most printing companies that do duplicating can make the enlargement required for the pattern.
  3. Trace the pattern enlargements onto poster board or Mylar and cut out the patterns with a pair of scissors.
  4. Use these patterns to trace the shapes onto the wood stock.

C. Cutting Procedure:

  1. Plane lumber to 1/2" thickness for parts (B), (C), (D), & (F).
  2. Use table & radial arm saws to cut parts (B), (C), (D), & (F) to proper sizes.
  3. Plane lumber to 3/8" thickness for parts (A), (E), & (G).
  4. Cut parts (A), (E), & (G) to proper sizes.

D. Sanding Procedure:

  1. Rough sand all parts with 80 grit sandpaper.
  2. Intermediate sand all parts with 120 grit sandpaper.
  3. Finish sand all parts with 220 grit sandpaper.
  4. Slightly round all exposed edges with 220 grit sandpaper.

E. Assembly Procedure:

  1. Glue and nail sides (A) to top (B) and bottom (C). Top should be flush with back edge of the sides.
  2. Glue and nail shelves (D) flush with sides (A).
  3. Place a thin film of glue on the edges of the back (F), and from the rear insert the back flush with the rear of the shelves (D), and then nail into position.
  4. Glue and nail front (E) into position.
  5. Glue and nail rails (G) into position.
  6. Custom sand spindles (H) to proper lengths, then glue and clamp into position with spring clamps.
  7. Allow glue to dry for 24 hours.


  1. Use professional wood glue.
  2. Use 5/8" finish nails and set heads below the wood surface.
  3. Fill all cracks and nail holes with wood dough.
  4. Wood dough should be the same color as the wood, or stain if used.

F. Finish Procedure:

  1. Sand all wood dough flush with the wood surfaces using 220 grit sandpaper.
  2. Paint or stain spice racks to match existing kitchen cabinets.
  3. If stain is used, apply with a brush and allow to penetrate 5-10 minutes and then remove with a clean rag.
  4. Allow stain to dry for 6 hours and then repeat process with a second coat.
  5. Allow second coat to dry for 8 hours.
  6. With a bristle brush, apply a clear finish coat such as Varathane, Polyurethane, Lacquer, etc. Allow to dry for 12 hours.
  7. Lightly hand sand using a 220 grit sandpaper.
  8. Apply second coat of clear finish.
  9. Allow to dry for 24 hours before using your wooden spice rack.


  1. Use a tack rag after each sanding procedure to remove dust.
  2. Do not allow stain to dry before removing with a rag.

G. Installation Notes:

  1. Two spice racks will be required.
  2. Spice racks were designed to be installed on each side of an eye-level oven, or microwave oven.
  3. Hang spice racks beneath the upper cabinets, or attach to the sides of upper cabinets, as displayed in the picture.
  4. Each wooden spice rack holds six 2 ¼” x 4 ½” spice containers.
  5. Spice rack dimensions may need to be altered to accommodate the size of your spice containers.

*Congratulations, your wooden spice racks are finished and ready to use!

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