Monday

DIY - Inside Cabinet Plate Rack

a regular cabinet is giving a plate rack with round and square dowels

Last Friday I told you how this small plate rack:

organize your kitchen with simple wooden projects you can DIY.

Inspired me to tackle another project.  Yeah, another plate rack ;)

The small plate display rack was placed inside the cabinet to see how it would look in there. Nope, not that good.  But, hey! The idea of a build in plate rack was born, followed by a quick assessment of what was stored in the cabinet, because the door had to go.

The plate display rack dimensions right here were a great guide for me to complete this new project.

These are the materials and tools that were used:

*It is important to have in mind that I was working with a 20" width cabinet, and the necessary space for my plates to have a snugly fit was 1.5"
  • 4- ¾" x 36" Square Dowels
  • 8- 5/16" x 48" Round Dowels
  • ¼" & 5/16" Drill bits
  • Wood glue
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Drill
  • Miter Saw (A hand saw can be used instead)
  • Sander
  • Gaffer tape
  • Hammer and awl
  • 8- 1" Screws
  • Pencil
  • Spray primer and paint

Instructions

First, measure the cabinet where you are planning to install the plate rack. Also, measure your plates, the diameter and profile (side view).

*In my case, my plates had a diameter of 11" and their profile size was ¾".  That's why I decided to space the round dowels at 1.5" on center. and leave the height for plate space at 12".

Since the cabinet I was dealing with has a face frame, the slots on both ends had to be bigger, to accommodate that "dead space".
Once you know your numbers, it is time to cut the material.
The square dowels were cut 3/16" smaller than the 20" width of the cabinet to have a small wiggle room.
The round dowels were cut at 13.5" -> 12" for plate space + the 1.5" space that they had to go into the square dowels.

*Easy trick to cut those round dowels:  I didn't want to cut one by one, all the 22 pieces I needed.  If I cut just one with the miter saw, it's going to get damaged... too much power.  Doing the cuts with a hand saw...too much trouble!  So, they got bundled (four at the same time), using the miter saw and holding them tightly with gaffer's tape (One of my all time favorite tapes).  End result...perfect cuts ;)


On your square dowels mark the places where the round dowels would go. Trace a lengthwise center line on each dowel. Each intersection will be the place to drill the holes.

Using an awl and hammer, mark each spot before drilling the holes.
I used a ¼" drill bit to make pre-drills, then the 5/16" drill bit for the round dowels size.

*I tried to cut time by bundling two square dowels to drill all those holes, but it didn't work.  The hole in the top dowel was OK but the drill bit came out the lower dowel way off center.  I went one dowel at a time...44 holes total.

Once all the round dowels are cut and the holes drilled in the square dowels, you can go ahead and do a dry fit.  Don't skip the dry fit, sometimes the dowel doesn't fit in the hole >:( even though they are the same size! Just drive the drill bit one more time.
When you're happy with how everything fits, go ahead and glue it in place. It needs a very small amount of glue on each end of the round dowels.


Wait some time for the glue to dry, then using the same drill bits for pre-drill and actual dowel size, score four holes on each corner of each rack part.  Do it only half way through, as seen in the picture below, using tape around the bit, creating a hole that's only ½" deep.

DO NOT GLUE  those small connecting dowels, otherwise you're not going to be able to fit the whole structure inside the cabinet.

You can now sand, prime and paint the whole plate rack the way you want it.

Because of the face frame on the cabinet, you have to install the plate rack in parts (I learned it the hard way, with the bookcases in my bedroom).  I didn't glue the connecting dowels, they were mainly used as a support to hold the whole structure in place.

Mark the locations where you want to screw the rack to the lower part of your cabinet. Do a pre-drill for the screw.  Bring the structure back in and screw it in place from the bottom of the cabinet up.

Place one of the shelves you already had in the cabinet and mark the spots for where you want to drive the screws to secure the top part of the rack.  Use a countersink bit to do the pre-drills.  Drive the screws from the top shelf down onto the rack.

After cleaning, all that is left is to bring your dishes, see how they fit, and admire your job ;)

Well, I'm still thinking on adding a piece of wood to the face frame to hide the gap in between the plate rack and the shelf that was attach to it.  hmmm now I can clearly see when one of my plates is missing :/  I remember I had 12, but somehow only 11 appeared.

I like how by taking the door off and displaying the dishes and some cups, it gives more openness to the kitchen.

This was one of those projects that requires patience. Drilling all those holes, taking measurements, trying to be precise... It took me a full day to complete it, of course, taking my time ;)


For more Kitchen DIY Ideas check these out:

Updating the kitchen island

Build a range hood
Install a marble backsplash


Tips about installing recessed lights
Kitchen cost breakdown






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48 comments :

  1. Aaahhh! Fantastic! Seriously Cristina,is there anything you can't do?! Love it!

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  2. I love this idea, it looks amazing. Great tutorial too. Very clever. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that will be live today at 2:30 PT. www.astrollthrulife.net Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

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  3. What a brilliant idea! It looks fantastic.

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  4. It looks fabulous! I love how it opens the kitchen up and feels so bright and airy. Wonderful tutorial as well. You did an amazing job!

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  5. I love it, it goes so well with the beautiful plate rack from last week! I suddenly feel the urge to update my kitchen...

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  6. Yet another brilliant project, wonderfully documented and executed. It looks fabulous, Cristina.

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  7. Not sure why I can't comment on your next post about your Halloween decor, but anyway, I loved it all and Thanks Tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  8. I love that you did this! Every time I walk by those round dowels in at Home Depot I think about building a plate rack. It looks great!

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  9. Such a brilliant idea! I love this! I love that its open and it looks so organized and clean. I would imagine it took a lot of patience! You are so good at all the handy stuff. I would love to have the gift of being this handy combined with my passion for design. Great project!

    Laura

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  10. What a great idea. YOU are amazing. Talented and so hands on. Way to go, girl! You can come help me anytime! xo Diana

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  11. Que buena esa idea de colocar los platos parados ,, tus post muy didáctico,,,como siempre

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  12. Another neat project. I like how you mathematically planned it all out, this gave you such a precise rack that it looks like it came with the cupboard.

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  13. Wow That looks great!! I have to say you have a gorgeous kitchen Cristina. And opening up that cabinet has made it even more so!

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  14. Love the plate rack! Can you tell me the name of the fabric on your roman shade? Is it Waverly? Did you make the shade, or buy it? Thanks!

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  15. Thanks Shey Sands! Yes, that's a Waverly fabric -Pom Pom Play Spa- a post about the treatment is coming up on Thursday. See you then ;)

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  16. This is just amazing!! It looks fantastic! I love it! It does look great open and your plates look so pretty!

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  17. Love it! And thanks for the great tutorial!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  18. Super crafty work! It looks great...adds that something special to the room! :)

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  19. Looks great and your tutorial made it look so easy to build! Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

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  20. I stopped over from the Monday Funday Link Party. I have Pinned this I really want to make my husband make this for me, thank you so much for sharing.

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  21. It looks amazing! I love it. I'm now trying to decide if I have a place for one of those in my tiny kitchen.
    Bonnie @ OurSecondhandHouse.com

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  22. Love Love Love! Come share at my new monthly linky party -- Organization Ideas AND Room Reveals -- it just opened! XO, Aimee

    http://www.itsoverflowing.com/2013/11/home-organization-ideas/

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  23. Hi Cristina!
    Wow, here is another gorgeous Project you make it look so easy, but that's caz you're one talented gal! Que habilidad de mujer, por dios! Wish I lived by you, I'd be at your house everyday asking you the 'how to's!!! ' Your kitchen looks fabulous with this new wrack!
    Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  24. LOVE the plate rack! It may have taken a whole day, but it turned out great - so worth it. I've already pinned this for future reference.

    If you're interested I would love if you shared this at Gingerly Made's Show & Tell party going on right now. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/11/show-tell-51.html

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  25. This idea is great. It looks beautiful!

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  26. This is great. Thanks for the tutorial. It looks so much harder than it is. Great job.

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  27. Love it!!! I'd love it if you'd add it to our link party @ http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/2013/11/its-that-time-again-friday-follow-along.html

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  28. That looks amazing, just adds to your beautiful kitchen

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  29. You are so clever...and patient! This looks fantastic!!

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  30. Looks great! Job well done! Would love to invite you to come by and share it at One More Time Events...http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2013/11/dessert-display-with-flour-sack.html Tammy

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  31. You've been featured today. Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell party! http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/11/show-tell-features_12.html

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  32. I couldn't do that if my life depended on it

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  33. OH MY...I'm totally not a DIYer...but you've inspired me. I need to do this! Love it! Would love to see you link this up over The Weekly Creative - 6 blogs, a ton of fun!
    http://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/the-weekly-creative-33/

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  34. Wow! It looks terrific, Cristina! Isn't it hard to believe all the time it takes for that amount of detail? But...it's so worth it. I love the new look. And...isn't there always one more thing that you just maybe could do?
    Wishing you an Extraordinary weekend!!

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  35. Thanks! I'm planning on remodeling my kitchen this spring.

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  36. What a great project! I'm hoping to get started on kitchen makeover soon - Pinned!

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  37. Cool! And you wrote such a great and detailed tutorial!

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  38. SO Pretty! You are my next week's party favorite project… LOVE THIS!

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  39. I don't know how I missed this. I've been looking for a tutorial on doing this very thing - thanks Cristina!

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  40. Thank you so much for this! Just FYI Ikea sells little white plugs if you want to hide the extra shelf holes they are a $1.00 . It's a steal

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  41. Thank you so much Cerax22! I got to look for those on my next trip to Ikea, I didn't even know such product existed!

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  44. I'm looking at doing something similar, and this is super helpful! Thank you for posting it.

    I'm also really excited to read a renovation project blog written by a woman who is actually doing her own cutting/constructing/etc.! Most blogs are like, "I made the design for this awesome thing and then had my husband build it." Which is fine but it's also nice to see women who have determined that they are more than capable of sawing and screwing things together themselves! I am also the main power tool user in my house. :)

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  45. Thanks Ilyeana! I wish I could ask my husband to build something for me. I tried but nothing was done, so I have to do it myself. You're so right, we're all capable of doing this kind of work by ourselves!

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