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    Kitchen spice rack

    Kitchen spice rack

    In modern construction, kitchens are usually very small. Therefore, the residents try to arrange their space in the most economical way, including the surface of the walls. So, a variety of standing and hanging kitchen cabinets are commonly used, of course closed with a door, that the dishes and food stored in the cupboards do not become dusty or wet. There is, however, a group of products, which ladies of the house like to have on hand, so that they can be used at any time. Such products include kitchen spices in appropriate containers, usually the same and with appropriate inscriptions. Spice containers are usually decorative, because they are also a decorative accent in the kitchen.

    Therefore, we propose to make a straight line, cheap and functional shelf for storing kitchen spices. Its upper part consists of two quite wide shelves that allow you to place not only containers with spices on them, but also some decorative items, for example, a vase of flowers. The lower part of the shelf is closed with a wall inserted into the appropriate grooves and forms a container for foil or breakfast paper., or it can be used to store disposable paper towels. The upper part of the wall closing the interior of this container is provided with a sharp, serrated, metal bar, so that the paper taken out of the container can be torn off with one movement, without having to help yourself with the other hand or with some sharp tool.

    The shelf should be made of dry ones, knotless and straight-grained wooden boards 12 mm i 6 mm. As a last resort, hardwood plywood can be used instead of boards, however, chipboard or chipboard is completely unsuitable here, and not only because of the appearance, but mainly because of the poisonous properties of formaldehyde, that these plates give off.

    The picture shows the elements of the shelf and the way of their connection, while in the drawing we can see the finished shelf in two projections and the way of hanging it on hooks driven into pins embedded in the wall.

    We will start the work with making two identical side walls of the shelf (A). Then you need to mill two wide slots in them 3 mm and depth 6 mm. DIY enthusiasts, who do not have a wood milling machine in their workshop, they can saw the grooves with a back saw and finish them with a narrow one, with a very sharp chisel or otherwise, shown in the picture. Instead of cutting grooves in the side walls of the shelf, can be glued to the inside of the elements (A) pieces of plywood thick 4 mm yes, so that there is a wide gap between them 3 mm constituting a groove to accommodate the narrowed edges of the cover (F). The shape of the additional pieces of plywood should be adapted to the shapes of the elements of the shelf, so that after assembling the whole shelf (B) touching the bottom edge to the liner (G), while the bottom of the container (E) it was connected to the sides by an insert. If we decide to use thick plywood inserts 4 mm, is the length of the bottom (E) must be reduced by 8 mm. On the other hand, the length of the pins used to connect the elements at this point must be greater by 4 mm and be 20 mm. The remaining pins are after 16 mm, because the thickness of the side walls is 12 mm, and the connecting pins should be half the thickness of the wood.

    The length of the pins embedded in the horizontal members may be approx 10 mm. The pins used to connect the elements of the shelf can be carved from a strip with a cross-section of 8×8 mm or from a ready-made roller with a diameter 6 mm. Such rollers can be purchased in private stores dealing in wood and prefabricated timber products.

    Before drilling, you should prepare a suitable template in the form of a block, in our case with dimensions of 10x12x100 mm, made of hard wood or plastic with drilled pattern holes. The method of using such a template is shown in the figure 48. Put the block between the previously marked broken lines, we press it firmly against the wood, and then, through the holes in the block, we drill precisely holes for dowels with a drill with a diameter 6 mm to the desired depth, which depends on the length of the drill bit protruding from the drill chuck. In the case of drilling holes to a strictly defined working depth, we set the length of the drill in this way, that the maximum depth of the hole coincides with the dimension "b" – drawing. A block of wood with a cross section of 15 is placed on the drill bit×15 mm. The length of the drill is selected like this, to obtain a hole of the required depth. Dimension "a" in the drawing corresponds to the length of the cylindrical part of the pin hole. When drilling a hole, as in fig., the drill bit should protrude above the block 16 mm, which is it, what is the sum of the thickness of the template and the depth of the hole in the shelf element.

    As we mentioned before, cover (F) comes with a piece of steel, toothed rack. It can be made from a broken blade of a narrow wood saw, which should be pressed into the slot cut in the edge of the wood. It is not an easy task. Such a gap can in principle only be achieved with a precision tool, smooth cutting circular saw, whose blade is thin, and the teeth slightly open. Therefore, in the event of difficulties with access to such a machine tool, the saw blade must be slightly hardened in the flame of a gas stove, and then drill it in several places and attach it to the cover (F) with the small screws on the inside of the container. Of course, you can completely abandon the use of a toothed rack, although then it will be more difficult to tear off the foil or paper taken out of the container.

    Another solution may be to make the batten yourself. In the sheet of metal, saw the teeth with a small one, triangular file.

    The elements of the shelf should be glued together. The popular wickerwork is perfect for this, distal or even casein glue. Let us pay attention, that the use of glue does not stain the wood, from which the elements of the shelf are made.

    We paint the finished shelf with a colorless nitro or polyurethane varnish. Because white wood of good quality is very effective, you can not paint the shelf at all, but then we must be prepared for it, that it will get dirty faster. We hang the shelf in the kitchen on two small hooks embedded in the wall, as shown in the side view of the drawing. The hooks should engage with the element (C), constituting a reinforcement of the structure, and traverse the surface of the top shelf (B), in place of small cutouts in the rear edge of this shelf.


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