Custom Touch for Do-It-Yourself Cabinets: A Built-in Spice Rack


Dave L HeadshotWhen Barbara and I began working on our kitchen design, we started with the general and worked toward the specific. Naturally, design ideas from books and internet were the starting point for layout and efficiency. But then we got down to specifics, keeping in mind both my relative inexperience as a cabinet maker and the fact that I had a very small shop with only basic tools.

One of the specifics that evolved in our planning was a door-mounted spice rack. Our purpose was to keep the spices off the kitchen counter and still have them readily accessible.

Before building our straw-bale home, we lived in a stick and stucco “adobe look-alike” home with stock cabinets.  Barbara and I both enjoy cooking and got real tired of digging around in a big, corner-cabinet Lazy Susan for our spices.

Spice Rack 

So as we designed and built our cabinets, room was made for a easy-to-use spice rack. The selected cabinet was built with recessed shelving to accommodate the rack. The spice rack itself was built from scrap wood from the door construction, so total material costs were a couple dollars for scrap wood, a half-cup of Polyurethane, and a couple L-brackets.

Spice Rack Front 

Nebraska Dave
6/17/2011 5:52:53 PM

Dave, that is a great, simple, practical design for a spice rack. My mind started working after seeing how easy it would be to retrofit an existing cabinet to have a door spice rack. I just might have to put a spice rack on my list of projects for next winter. I certainly can identify with the searching for the right spice by rooting through the cabinet area that's been designated for spices. Although I do have a spice rack that just hangs on the wall that has been unused for about 10 years. Maybe I can bring it back to life again. Why did I quit using it? I really don't know. Thanks for jogging the memory. Your posts are always so down to earth and simple enough for me to grasp the construction methods. Have a great Arizona day and hopefully smoke free. Sorry about the wrong comment on your post. The hog confinement was supposed to go on Steven's post.

Nebraska Dave
6/17/2011 5:43:08 PM

Steven, I hope that Charlie Partin gets his chance to test out his hog confinement design. The natural light diffusers are great. Our hogs just run the pasture. One thing I learned about hogs is that they will find the weakness of a fence and figure out a way to take advantage of it. I can see the wisdom of the hog confinement method but it just doesn't seem that they would get the proper exercise for healthy hogs. Then again I only had 30 hogs. I imagine this design is for much more than that. Have they figured out a way to reduce the smell factor for hog confinement yet? It certainly can be an issue with the neighbors. As usual you have posted an informative article that addresses issues of concern for the times we are in. Food including pork will definitely become more expensive in the future as gas prices rise, more corn is used for vehicle fuel, and more government intervention happens. Thank you so much for keeping us informed about alternative methods of growing food. Have a great day.

Dave Larson
6/14/2011 11:08:51 AM

Hi Valentina, Good luck with your project. Hope you enjoy building yours as much as I did mine.

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