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Get those jars of spices and seasoning out of a dark cupboard and onto this handsome oak spice holder. Two lower shelves are designed to accommodate full-size shakers, while the top shelf stores taller containers and bottles. Chamfered back slats and lap-jointed front rails lend a fine woodworking air to this deceptively simple piece.

Spice Shelves

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TYPE: Wall-hung spice sheif unit

□ (4) Vz x 3V2 in. x 4 ft. red oak*

OVERALL SIZE: 143/ieW by 22H by 4D

U 0) 1/4 x 1V4 In. x 4 ft. red oak*


JOINERY: Butt joints reinforced with glue and finish nails; glued dado and lap joints


■ Project constructed from pre-milled lA- and Vi-in.-thick stock

LJ Finishing materials PI Picture-hanging hardware

- Back panel "V-grooves" are formed by chamfering the edges of the back slats before glue-up

> Shelf dadoes are gang-routed into the sides using a simple shop-made jig

* See page 239 for more information on buying pre-millled thin lumber

FINISH: Danish oil

BUILDING TIME: 6 8 hours

Spice Shelves: Step-by-step

Make the back panel

© Crosscut the iour back slats to length: Arrange the slats together on edge to form a panel with pleasing grain pattern. Label the order of the slats in the panel.

© Mill the back slat chamfers with a router and a piloted chamfering bit: Set the bit to a depth of Vs in. Rout only the "show-side" edges of the slats that will touch each other once the back panel is glued up. The two outermost edges are not chamfered (See Photo A).

0 Glut; up the back panel: Spread wood glue along the mating edges of the chamfered back slats and clamp them together.

Clamping Slats For Shelves
PHOTO A: Rout chamfers along the mating edges of the bach slats with a piloted chamfering bit set to a cutting depth of ^a in. tt's a good idea to label the slats first so you profile only the edges that will meet once the panel is glued up.

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