How to Make a Wooden Plate Rack

What You'll Need
3/4 -inch square wood strips
1/8-inch dowels, 4-inches long (use shorter dowels for displaying plates smaller than normal dinner plates)
1/8-inch drill bit
Circular saw
Wood glue
Ear plugs
Wood sealant

A wooden plate rack will look stylish in any kitchen. It will also keep your plates neatly arranged. It is better to arrange the plates on a plate rack rather than stacking them on top of each other. If you stack the plates, it can cause scratches. It will take only a few hours to make a wooden plate rack, if you have the right tools and materials.

Step 1 – Planning the Design

Plan and draw the design of the wooden plate rack. The length of the rack depends on the number of plates you have. Decide the number of plates you want to place on the wooden plate rack, allowing about 2 inches between each plate, and then decide the length. It is possible to place 9 plates on a 20-inch long rack. You need 4 dowels for each plate, 2 that hold it in the front, and 2 for it to lean back on.

Step 2 – Cutting the Wood

Be sure you wear your safety gear. Use a circular saw to cut the wood. Using your measurements, mark the 3/4-inch wood strips and cut into 2 pieces, each the length of the rack. Cut the necessary number of the 1/8 inches dowels, plus 2 more, to 4 inches in length. Sand each piece of the wooden plate rack, to remove any slivers and rough areas.

Step 3 – Connecting the Wood Strips

Use 2 dowels to connect the 2 strips of wood together. Drill 1/8-inch holes, about 1 inch from the ends on the side of each strip. Place wood glue into each hole and insert 1 dowel into each end. Press the 2 pieces together, and allow glue to dry.

Step 4 –Determine the Position of Vertical Dowels

Take the connected pieces and measure out the positions for the remaining dowels along the top of the strips. The connected strips serve as the base, and the dowels will be placed vertically to support standing plates. All the vertical dowels must be equally spaced. As mentioned, 2 inches between plates is good. Also, leave a 1-inch space at both the ends (already indicated by the connecting dowels). Be sure you  identically mark both strips, so the dowels are placed identically across from each other.

Step 5 – Drill the Holes

Drill ¼-inch deep holes on the marks. All the holes should have a uniform depth. To drill holes with uniform depth, wind a piece of tape ¼ inch away from the end of the drill bit, as a visual cue.

Step 6 – Attach the Vertical Dowels on the Wood Frame

Apply wood glue inside the holes, and place a dowel in each one. Wipe away any excess glue with a damp paper towel. Allow the glue to fully dry. Once dry, you can stain and varnish, or prime and paint your wooden plate rack to your liking.