How to Make a Silverware Caddy
A silverware caddy is a perfect addition to any dining table. It is the perfect way to store your silverware, when you go for a picnic or BBQ. Apart from your silverware, you can also carry napkins and condiments in your caddy. Making your own caddy is time consuming and hard work. But, it will last for a lifetime.
Step 1 - Planning the Design
Plan the design of your silverware caddy. The 1 by 4 lumber is for the sides of the caddy and the 1 by 8 lumber is for making the handle. The plywood is for making the base of the caddy. Select a plywood sheet that is 18 inches long, 12 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick.
Step 2 – Cutting the 1 by 4 Lumber and Plywood
You should cut 4 pieces from the 1 by 4 lumber. Among them, 2 pieces should be 18 1/2 inches long, which makes the longer side of the silverware caddy. The other 2 pieces have to be 8 inches long, which forms the shorter side of the caddy. Set the cutting angle of the miter saw to 450 and cut the pieces. Then, set the cutting angle to 900 and cut a plywood sheet, which is 7 1/2 inches long and 7 1/4 inches wide.
Step 3 – Make Dado Cuts
Set the dado blades of the miter saw to cut a 1/4 inch wide and 5/16 inch deep groove. Also, place the fence 1/4 inch away from the blade. Now, make dado cuts on the side pieces. The shorter sides also need a 3/4 inch deep cut to place the handles for the silverware caddy.
Step 4 – Attach the Side Panels to the Base
Place the plywood base on the workbench. Apply glue to all the edges of the side panels. Hold the side panels on the base, using brads. Secure them in position, using the 4, 1 5/8-screws.
Step 5 – Cutting the 1 by 8 Lumber
To make the handle for the silverware caddy, you will need a piece of lumber which is 7 1/2 inches long and 6-inches wide. Now, measure and mark 3 inches along the shorter side of the lumber. Mark the measurement on the other side also. From the mark you made, cut the lumber at a 45 degree angle.
Step 6 – Cutting the Handle Hole
The handle hole is cut on the top part of the cut lumber. The width of the grip hole should be ¾ inch. Draw the hole just below the upper end and drill 2, 1 1/4 inch holes on both sides. Then, cut the hole using a saber saw.
Step 7 – Attach the Handle to the Caddy
Place the handle in the groove made for the caddy. Secure it in place using wood glue and screws. Also, screw the handle into the base. Put your silverware in the silverware caddy and place it on the table.