DIY: Wood Spice Rack

Earlier this week, I shared my newly organized kitchen cabinet interiors where I added multiple materials to make the vertical space on the interiors of the doors super useful.  One specific element that made a world of difference, as far as storage, are the 2 wood spice racks that I made from scratch.

DIY: Wood Spice Rach Holder for inside the kitchen cabinets; Less than $8 to make, in 15 minutes by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

While originally gathering materials for the project, I was on the search for pre-made spice holders.  I didn’t have a specific style in mind but was hoping for wood.  In the end, I didn’t find anything, so instead I DIYed them.

One of the best sponsor gifts I came away with from Haven over the Summer was my new Kreg Jig Jr.  I had been eyeing a jig for a while because it makes building furniture so much easier by allowing for the screws to be concealed.  When the wood spice holder came to mind, I knew this was the perfect first project for using my jig.

Kreg Jig Jr.  Great tool for small do it yourself projects.  Made a spice rack for my first project.

But before getting to that, I headed to Lowe’s for my materials.  I purchased (1) 1″ x 3″ x 8′ piece of wood, which are the actual dimensions of 3/4″ x 2.5″.

And here is the breakdown of the pieces needed:

  • (2) Side Pieces – 3″ high x 2.5″ wide
  • Bottom Piece – 2.5″ wide x 11.5″ long (length to be adjusted depending on cabinet door width)
  • Dowel – 1/4″ round x 12″ long (length to be 1/2″ longer than bottom piece)

A picture to explain it further…

Wood components that make up creating a DIY Wood Spice Holder by @Jenna_Burger

And a quick drawing to explain it even more…

This is a front on view of the cabinet and the spice rackComponents that make up creating a DIY Wood Spice Holder by @Jenna_Burger

The first step when using a kreg jig is to figure out the depth of the wood to set the jig placement.  My wood depth was 3/4″, so the jig and depth collar on the kreg drill bit were set to 3/4″.  Kreg really makes using this handy-dandy gadget SO EASY!

Setting the jig and depth collar on the kreg drill bit to the width of the wood

After securing the wood and the jig with a clamp, I drilled a hole on each end of the base piece.

DIY: Wood Spice Rach Holder for inside the kitchen cabinets; Less than $8 to make, in 15 minutes by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

Once that was complete, it was time to add the (2) end pieces + the dowel.

Sorry for the lack of pictures for this part.  I was so excited about my new jig I forgot to grab my camera.  Anyway, positioning about 1/2″ down from the top of the end piece and 1/2″ in from the front, I drilled a 1/4″ hole about 1/4″ deep for the dowel to fit in.

Then I put the dowel in the two end pieces and connected the end pieces with the bottom piece using the Kreg screws specifically made for 90 degree connections.

DIY: Wood Spice Rach Holder for inside the kitchen cabinets; Less than $8 to make, in 15 minutes by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

DIY: Wood Spice Rach Holder for inside the kitchen cabinets; Less than $8 to make, in 15 minutes by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

After filling in the holes with paintable putty, it was complete.

DIY: Wood Spice Rach Holder for inside the kitchen cabinets; Less than $8 to make, in 15 minutes by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

I decided to add some color to the new spice holder and used Valspar Spring Sprout in Satin.

DIY: Wood Spice Rach Holder for inside the kitchen cabinets; Less than $8 to make, in 15 minutes by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

In about 10-15 minutes, this was the result…

DIY: Wood Spice Rach Holder for inside the kitchen cabinets; Less than $8 to make, in 15 minutes by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

I attached the newly made wood spice holders using a very very very strong adhesive – Loctite Epoxy Instant Mix.  Basically it’s two formulas that mix together and provide a major adhesive mixture. DO NOT TOUCH IT.  I carefully applied the mixture to the back of the wood holder and placed it on the interior of the cabinet.  I held it in place for about 3-5 minutes until it was completely adhered to the surface.  I will be honest, the wood started to slide a few times, but I was close by and slid it back into place.  There are other epoxy mixtures that dry even quicker – 1 minute of less.

DIY: Wood Spice Rach Holder for inside the kitchen cabinets; Less than $8 to make, in 15 minutes by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

I was a total novice at using a jig and I was very happy with the results.  I couldn’t believe how easy it was.  Now I can’t wait to get my hands dirty with even more furniture projects.  Boy, do I have a list!

DIY: Wood Spice Rach Holder for inside the kitchen cabinets; Less than $8 to make, in 15 minutes by @Jenna_Burger, sasinteriors.net

To see how I organized the rest of this cabinet, plus more of my kitchen interiors, head over to Kitchen Organization: Ideas for the Inside of the Cabinet Doors.

How do you organize your spices? In a cabinet or in a drawer?  Is this project something you think you would tackle?  With every new tool, there is a learning curve, but it was fairly easy.




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