If you need open shelving in your kitchen, the perfect solution will be to build a baker's rack. If all your kitchen walls are being used, the only possible space available might be a corner of your kitchen. You can custom build a corner rack to fit in your limited kitchen space. All you'll need are a few instructions and a list of material and handy tools.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Rotary saw
- Planer saw blade
- Measuring tape
- Drill bits
- Putty knife
- Paint or stain
- Paint brush
Step 1 – Plan Your Rack Size
Before you even think about buying lumber you'll need, plan the size of your baker's rack by measuring the space you'll have to put the rack in. Don't forget that if you build your rack in your wood shop or in your garage, you'll need to move the rack into the kitchen. If it's too large or too heavy, you might need to take it apart and rebuild it in the kitchen. You will need to plan for the rack's shelf depth and width as well as how tall you’ll want it to be? You should also consider whether you will want your taller items sitting on the top shelves. If so, you'll need to create more space between these shelves. Decide whether you want the rack's back wall to be solid wood or see-through slats. You'll need to plan for all these options..
Step 2 – Cut and Plane Your Wood Pieces
Measure and cut your vertical wood pieces. You'll need stronger post pieces to carry the weight of your rack and to give it stability. For the posts you may want to use 2 by 2 inch posts or even 2 by 3 inch pieces, depending on how heavy and how sturdy you'll want your rack to be. Cut 4 posts. Make the 2 rear posts slightly higher than the front posts. This will give your rack a more stylish and custom look. However, keep in mind these posts will also serve as your rack's legs. When you cut your wood pieces, use a planer blade in your saw. This will produce smooth edges without needing to run them through a jointer. Be sure all connecting edges are smooth and even, preventing open gaps in your connected edges.
Step 3 – Cut and Plane Your Shelves
After deciding how many shelves you'll want in your rack, as well as the spacing between each shelf, measure your lumber pieces to fit your measurements; then cut and plane these pieces.
Step 4 - Attach Shelves, Vertical Pieces, and Shelves
Lay your 2 rear posts on the floor with spacing between them to match your measurements. Attach your shelf pieces to these posts by first drilling guide holes through the posts and into the shelf ends, then, finish attaching them by driving screws through the posts and into the shelf pieces. Attach front posts, using the same method.
Step 5 – Finishing
When your rack is built, use your wood putty and putty knife to fill any voids, holes, or dents. When the putty has dried, sand the rack, apply a primer, and when that is dry, apply your chosen paint.