How to Build an Under the Cabinet Spice Rack

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Building an under-cabinet spice rack is a practical project that the chef in your life can appreciate. Both of these under-cabinet rack styles are designed to not take up valuable wall or counter space or need to be mounted to your decorative tile or glass backsplash.

Things You'll Need

  • 3/8-inch hardwood
  • Table saw
  • Wood glue
  • Brads
  • Hammer
  • Wood filler
  • Putty knife
  • 180-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Wood stain
  • Cloth
  • Polyurethane
  • Paintbrush
  • 1-inch wood screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Magnetic material with pressure-sensitive adhesive backing
  • J-roller
  • Spice jars and tins

Wooden Under-Cabinet Spice Bottle Rack

  • Use a table saw to cut rack's panels from 3/8-inch hardwood to these dimensions.
    Bottom panel: 2 3/8 inches by 13 1/2 inches
    Top panel: 2 3/8 inches by 13 1/2 inches
    Back panel: 5 1/2 inches by 13 1/2 inches
    Front panel: 2 1/2 inches by 13 1/2 inches
    Two side pieces: 2 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches each

  • Attach the front and back panel pieces to the bottom piece. Apply a thin bead of wood glue to the front and back edge of the bottom piece, press front panel to the front of the bottom piece and press back panel to the back of the bottom piece. Reinforce the joints by hammering evenly spaced brads along the front and back panels where they connect to the bottom piece.

  • Place wood glue along the bottom outside edges of the two side pieces. Align the outside edges of each side piece flush to the front and back panel edges, one at a time, and press them in place. Reinforce the joints by hammering evenly spaced brads along the side pieces where they join the front, back and bottom pieces.

  • Apply a thin bead of wood glue along the top of the back panel piece and side pieces, press the top panel piece flush to top edges. Reinforce the joints by hammering evenly spaced brads along the top piece where it joins the back and side pieces.

  • Use a putty knife to apply wood filler to cover brad holes. Allow filler to dry 30 minutes then sand the spice rack with 180-grit sandpaper. Wipe off dust with a tack cloth.

  • Apply a light coat of wood stain to the rack with a cloth. Allow the stain to sit for five minutes before wiping off excess stain with a clean cloth.

  • Apply two coats of polyurethane to the rack with a paintbrush, allowing 30 minutes between coats.

  • Mount the spice rack to the bottom of your cabinet with three evenly spaced 1-inch wood screws screwed through the top piece into the bottom of your cabinet with a screwdriver.

Magnetic Under Cabinet Spice Tin Rack

  • Wipe the bottom of your cabinet with a cloth dampened with distilled white vinegar. Allow the cabinet to dry for 30 minutes.

  • Unroll a strip of magnetic material equal in length and width to your under-cabinet spice rack and peel back one inch of the protective backing that covers the pressure sensitive adhesive on the back of magnetic material.

  • Press the one inch section of magnetic material to the bottom of your cabinet and slowly pull back the protective backing and press the magnetic strip in place, removing the protective backing a little at time until the entire strip is in place on the bottom of your cabinet.

  • Secure the magnetic material to the bottom of the cabinet by applying pressure against it with a J-roller (a tool used for putting down laminate). Let the pressure- sensitive adhesive cure for 24 hours before hanging your spice tins from it.

Tips & Warnings

  • The wooden under-cabinet bottle spice rack measurements can be customized to your spice-bottle size; allow enough room for the bottle to be tilted out of the rack.
  • Spice tins typically come with a magnetic strip or round but if yours did not, you can glue any metal strip, even a metal ruler, to the bottom of your cabinet to hang your spice tins on.
  • Wear safety glasses while cutting out the wooden under-cabinet spice rack pieces.

References

  • Photo Credit spices image by BlueMiniu from Fotolia.com
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