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Build a spice rack

  • Difficulty: hammer
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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
    Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
    Professional - Expert
  • Completion Time : 2 Hours

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.


Tools and materials required

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  • Table saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 1/8"
  • Screwdriver
  • Paintbrush
  • Level


  • 1 MDF sheet, 48" x 48" x ½" (ABC)
  • 1 MDF sheet, 48"x 48" x ¼" (D)
  • 1 Pine board, 1" x 24" x ½" (E)
  • 1 Metal sheet, 24" x 6"
  • Frosted vinyl stickers, 24" x 6"
  • 1" Finishing nails
  • Glue
  • Decorative wall stickers
  • Extra fine sanding sponge
  • Primer and Paint
  • Magnetic tape
  • Hooks

Before Assembly


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.

Screw fastening
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.

Nail fastening
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.


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Build a spice rack
Build a spice rack