Easy DIY Project Using Reclaimed Wood
Rustic Spice Rack with Bailing Wire
By: Justin Kromberg
( “use at your own risk” we aren’t responsible if you hurt yourself using tools to make this. ☺️)
- Hand Saw
- Tape Measure
- Bailing Wire (16 feet or more recommended)
- 1 piece of reclaimed wood (The one I used was 3.5”x60”x0.5”) (More may be needed if making larger than listed dimensions)
- Nails (3d 1-1/4” was on my shelf)
- Pliers with wire cutters
- Framing square
- Miter box/Chop Saw
Take the board and brush off any debris that may be on it with a rag or brush. Make a square cut near the end of the board. I went about ¼” up from the bottom. This will make sure this cut is square with the sides of the board.
Before we go any further, we need to evaluate the spices you want to place on the rack, the dimensions I gave will allow for the fitment of some larger BBQ spice bottles on the bottom shelf. The size will accommodate most spices available from the grocery stores, but I would recommend measuring the diagonal distance of the jars you plan on using. Some taller items fit nicely on the top shelf, but you want to make sure it’s not too top-heavy.
The dimension I found useful was to make the horizontal pieces 16” wide and the verticals 11-12” tall depending on your spices. Cut out the two 16” pieces and the two 12” tall pieces starting from the bottom square cut you made earlier.
Once the four pieces are cut, it’s time for assembly.
Nailing this together can be awkward without clamps, a vice, or a friend holding some of the pieces. I personally just used a vice to be my extra hand.
Take one upright and use your saw blade to hold the horizontal piece slightly up from the bottom and put two nails in the board. Attach the other vertical piece the same way. Elevating the bottom board up is not required but will prevent some of the twists in the picket from making the shelf wobble. Once the shelf is fully assembled, you can put some sandpaper on the table and sand the bottom to take out and wobble there may be.
Measure up about 6 ½” from the bottom board and make marks on both sides with your pencil. You can then lay it on its back and nail the board in or I used a couple of spring clamps to hold the board while nailing. Measure up 3” from the bottom and make a mark on all 4 edges. I placed a piece of masking tape on my saw blade to make sure I was only cutting down to ½”. Cut a notch in the 4 edges of the boards to fit the baling wire into.
Repeat for the top shelf. I went down 1” from the top for the notches to make sure not to get too close to the top.
Take the bailing wires and tightly wrap around the shelf twice. I left the wires loose from each other, but you can spice it up by twisting the bailing wire while wrapping it around. Make sure to pull it tight at each corner. Once wrapped around, cut off the excess and twist to tighten. Bend the twist to lay flat with the side.
Now – take a step back and admire your finished work! You are done and ready to impress your guests with your new countertop showpiece.