Making A Plate Rack Making A Plate Rack

What You'll Need
Wood dowels, 1/8 inches in diameter.
2 strips of pine.
1/8-inch drill bit
Wood glue

A plate rack can be used to dress up a plate collection or to simply dry plates after being washed. It can sit on the counter or be mounted on the wall to display your collection.

It is easy to build a wooden plate rack—in fact, this is the perfect project for a beginning wordworker. You need only a few tools, and you can finish your rack any way you like.

Step One

Cut the pine strips using a table saw. You will need to rip down a piece of 1x2 lumber down to ½-inch diameter. Use care when using a table saw, and always use a push stick. When using smaller dimension lumber, like what you need to cut for this project, a push stick can save you from a serious injury.

After you have cut the pine strips into the correct diameter you will then need to cut it down to two 12 inch lengths.

Take the wood dowels to the table saw and cut into 4 inch lengths.

Take a fine grit sandpaper and sand down each piece to remove and slivers, or wood burs.

Step Two

Build the frame of your plate rack by using two dowels to connect the two strips of wood. Drill two 1/8-inch holes into the ends of the two strips of wood 1 inch from the edge. Add a little wood glue to the hole and the ends of a dowel and insert into the holes. Do this with both strips of wood so that they are connected together by two 4 inch dowels.

Clamp together and wait for the glue to dry.

Step Three

Measure out equal positioning for eight holes on each wooden strip. Make sure they line up with the corresponding holes on the other strip of wood.

Drill out the holes with the 1/8 inch drill bit to a 1/4" depth. Use a piece of tape at the end of the drill bit ¼-inch from the tip. This will give you a constant depth for each hole. Drill eight holes in each strip.

Step Four

Install dowels onto strips. Dab some wood glue into each hole and at one end of each dowel. Attach the dowels to each hole and press in firmly. Give each dowel a twist to give each one a better hold in the glue. Wipe off any excess glue immediately.

Step Five

After the glue has dried, use a piece of sandpaper and sand out any excess glue that was left over. Continue to sand any rough spots you might feel. Set the plate rack in a well ventilated area and coat with a sealer. This is important if you are going to be putting wet plates on it.

You can then stain the wood with your desired look. After it is dry, apply a coat of varnish to a nice shine.

Got a New Project You're Proud of?

Post it on Your Projects!