Storage and decoration go hand in hand with this attractive spice and herb rack. Wonderfully practical, it will enable you to store your seasonings in an orderly fashion and within easy reach. The finishing touch to your kitchen decor!
This rack is an easy building project, ideal for novice do-it-yourselfers, and takes only a few hours to complete. It measures 28"L x 10"H x 1 ¾"D. This rack could also be useful in an arts and crafts studio or in the garage next to the workbench.
MDF is a versatile material that makes it easy to build strong, sturdy and affordable furniture. It is advisable to always glue the parts together with carpenter glue before fastening them with nails or screws. If additional pressure is needed, use clamps to hold pieces together while the glue dries.
Always drill pilot holes using a countersink bit with pieces in their final assembled position; this will prevent the MDF from buckling or splitting under the torque of the screws. The countersink bit makes it possible to bore a hole for the body of the screw as well as a cavity to conceal the screw head. You may use a screwdriver drill to insert the screws, but it is advisable to finish tightening the screws with a manual screwdriver to avoid damaging the MDF and weakening the screw’s grip due to the drill’s increased strength and speed.
It is better to use finishing nails for some projects. Using a pneumatic nailer will get the job done more quickly and easily, and the nails will hardly show.
Always wear a protective mask when cutting or sanding MDF as the dust can be irritating and is a potential health hazard. Work outside if you can; if this is not possible, close any air vents and doors leading to other rooms so as to prevent the dust from spreading. Open a window while you work and cover all items in the room with dust sheets. Vacuum when you have finished cutting.
1.1. Take the MDF sheet, ½" thick; measure and cut the bottom A (24" x 6"), two long sides B (25" x 1 ½") and two short sides C (6"x 1 ½") using the table saw.
1.2. Take the MDF sheet, ¼" thick; measure and cut the front D (28" x 10") using the table saw.
1.3. Sand the edges.
2.1. Glue and nail the long sides B at the end of both short sides C to build a 25" x 7" frame.
3.1. Glue and nail the bottom A inside this frame.
4.1. On the front panel D, trace a line along the sides at 2" making a 24" x 6" rectangle.
4.2. Cut out the opening. To do this, bore holes in the four corners using a drill and a 1/8" bit. Then insert the blade of the jigsaw in a hole and follow the lines.
4.3. Glue and nail the front panel D on the frame.
5.1. Sand all surfaces and prime. Paint the box and the separator E.
6.1. Place the frost vinyl sticker on the metal sheet and glue onto the bottom of the box.
7.1. Glue and nail the separator E in the centre, 2 ¾" from the sides.
8.1. Position the decorative wall stickers on the front panel.
8.2. Cut and stick magnetic tape under the spice containers.
9.1. Use hooks to install the rack on the wall.
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