<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=996690293685739&ev=PageView&noscript=1" />
10K Views

Tips on Building Small Wooden Organizers for Kitchen, Bath... and well, beyond.

Organizing Ideas on Feb 17, 2016
10K Views
I see a lot of spice racks and other wooden organizers in the blogosphere built with pine 1x4 or 1x6 lumber. These are functional pieces and the lumber chosen works fine. What you may not know, is that most home improvement centers stock 1/2" hardwood stock now (rather than the 1x material that is 3/4" thick). For instance, half inch thick poplar is about as strong as 3/4" pine, takes paint better, and will give your project a more refined look. The 1x4's on the other hand have a rather bulky look, and take up more space (so, if space is dear--which is usually why the project is undertaken--look for thinner stock).
The last spice rack I built only cost about $8.00 in materials (the cans of spray primer and spray paint cost more than the wood), even though I used the slightly more expensive 1/2" poplar stocked at the local Home Depot. Also, instead of leaving the lumber square, I added decorative ends to match the corbels already in the kitchen. Always look for ways to make what you
  • tips on building small wooden organizers for kitchen bath and well beyond, organizing, storage ideas, woodworking projects
  • tips on building small wooden organizers for kitchen bath and well beyond, organizing, storage ideas, woodworking projects
  • tips on building small wooden organizers for kitchen bath and well beyond, organizing, storage ideas, woodworking projects
  • tips on building small wooden organizers for kitchen bath and well beyond, organizing, storage ideas, woodworking projects

Have Questions About This Post?

  • Brian Campbell, Basswood Artisan Carpentry

    You are welcome @Meg Oh and I should mention that you can buy 4 less expensive clamps for the price of one of the clamps I have (which cost around $35 a piece). The expensive clamps are worthwhile for any serious woodworker though.

  • Comet
    Comet Oradell, NJ

    YA know I have a husband who WORKS for the "L" store and I never KNEW about this wood selection?
    And here he was complaining about possibly having to CUT wood to make some small items like---a---spice rack.
    Thanks for the heads up!

  • Darla
    Darla Montgomery Village, MD

    Poplar is a great wood for building! It's strong and hard, the edges and corners are square and sharp, and it's close-grained and takes paint well.

  • Puchi
    Puchi Bronx, NY

    Very nice! What is the actual depth of the rack pictured? Would like to do something similar for mop/broom storage with extremely limited space.

  • Valerie
    Valerie South Africa

    This is a fantastic idea for small kitchen spaces! I really like the way you have added the decorative detail - it just elevates the whole thing to a whole new dimension - thanks so much for sharing and for all the useful information.

­