- MDF (12 mm thickness)
- Screws (20 mm length)
- Battery powered drill
- Ruler or tape measure
Decide beforehand how many spice jars you want to lose per row. The same goes for the depth of the spice rack.
- With 30 herb jars it is best to go for 3 rows of 12 jars. This way you also create extra space for a few new jars.
- Measure how wide the spice jars are at their widest point. With us this was 5.3 centimeters.
- To calculate the length of the MDF you need the width of the jars times the number of jars in a row. This was like this for us: 5.3 x 12 = 63.6 cm
Of the 63.6, we make 65.5 cm. We have added a few centimetres, so that the spice jars have some slack and do not stand tight against each other. So the 65,5 cm is the length of the rows.
You can calculate the depth of the planks by adding 2 centimetres to the depth of the jar. With us it is then 5.3 + 2 = 7.3 cm. 7,3 cm is the depth of the rows.
- The height of a row is calculated by adding 1.5 centimetres to the height of the jar. For us this is a jar of 7.5 + 1.5 = 9 cm. So the height of the rows is 9 centimeters.
- For the front we choose a beam that has the same length of 65.5 cm. The thickness of this beam is 10 centimeters.
You make the sides of the MDF at an angle of 90 degrees.
Step-by-step plan for making a wooden spice rack
Saw all the pieces to size with a jigsaw first.
Tip! Want to make sure everything is straight and the right size? Then have the pieces sawn at the DIY store. They usually do this for free.
Put down one of the ‘steps’ on which the herbs will be placed. Attach the longer side to the back of this step. This way you get an L shape.
Repeat this step for all three rows until you have 3 L shapes.
Now you are going to attach the three loose L shapes to each other like a staircase.
If all goes well, you’ll have the base of the spice rack now in place. Although that standing itself is rather unstable. So put the side of the rack on an MDF board with an angle of 90 degrees.
With pencil you now draw the side of the spice rack. You can go for a double bow, but also a right angle is possible. That’s up to you.
Saw out the shape with a jigsaw.
Turn the mould over and place it on a piece of MDF. This way you create the second side. Saw this side loose with a jigsaw as well.
Drill and screw the sides. The two most convenient points to secure the sides are the first two protruding length points.
The base of the spice rack is ready! You can leave the rack as it is, but we personally like to give the rack a colour. That’s actually the last thing you do, painting.