DIY Spice Rack Cabinet Shelves | Free Plan | Beginner Woodworking Project

today I'm going to show you how to make
an easy beginner woodworking project that takes this…. to this we've got this
cabinet that's kind of a mess and everything's sort of crammed in together
we've got spices next to medicine and it takes a while to find anything so my
wife asked me to make some extra shelves that line the outside of the cabinet to
set spices and do some other organization I'm gonna move the two
existing cabinet shelves to the top I'm gonna build two shelves that go in the
middle and sit on shelf pins and then I'm gonna build a shelf that's more like
a stand with feet to fit on the bottom I build this entire project with one power
tool the jigsaw if you don't know how to use a jigsaw I've got a video that'll
teach you everything you need to know click up in the corner and go watch that
first there are a few other accessories you're gonna need to build this project
the first of which are clamps you need one that's at least 18 inches like this
one and that refers to the clamping capacity between here the second one
doesn't need to be quite that long just at least six inches it can be a quick
trigger like this or an F style like this and then of course if you want to
buy some more clamps and speed things up you can clamp up all of your shelves at
the same time you'll also need some wood glue safety glasses of course depending
on whether you're gonna paint or stain you'll also need those supplies a tape
measure and a pencil you'll need a speed square because not only are we gonna
draw a 90 degree lines but we're also gonna use this to guide our jigsaw and
then I've got these shelf pins from my top two shelves we're also gonna keep
the lumber selection really easy and straightforward I've got two six foot
one by threes and I just went through the bin and pick the best pieces I could
find and then for the bottom shelfs legs I've got a half inch by four piece of
really nice pine this is a four foot section and was actually cheaper than
buying a longer piece of the construction grade lumber
a lot of times when you buy a board like this from a large home center the edge
will be really rough you see there's a lot of tear out here and we want to get
rid of that before we start so I'm gonna take the speed square and to keep it
steady and in place I'm going to clamp it I'm giving myself enough room so that
the shoe of the speed square registers nice and firm on the workpiece but I'm
also trying to save as much as I can and we'll tighten that down so the speed
square is not moving and then we'll make a cut if you're using my plans there's a
link down in the description to download those we're gonna make these shelf sides
10 and 7/8 we'll take the speed square we'll extend this line all the way
across since we're keeping this part we want to make sure that we only cut on
this side of the line so I get that lined up hold the speed square in place
and then we're gonna clamp this down and then for the legs for our bottom
shelf which is actually a stand we need one of them at 10 and 7/8 and one of
them at 9 inches I'm putting my pencil right on the line
and then moving the speed square up to it now what this does is allow for the
thickness of the pencils since it's not a straight point if I lined up the speed
square and then tried to put the pencil here my line wouldn't be right on my
measurement so this way we get more accurate cuts the back pieces that join
the two shelf sides together are 11 and 3/4 now that we've got all of our pieces
cut out we need to round off the inside edge of each shelf so I'm going to pick
the side that I like the best both of those are pretty good but I see this
divot right here that I'm going to keep on the bottom so I'm gonna use this as
the top so I want to cut out this corner here now because of the blade I have in
the jigsaw and the way it cuts the bottom of my cut is gonna be the nicest
so if I want this to be the top I need to flip this over and cut out this side
what I'm gonna do is measure halfway across here an inch and a quarter and
just make a mark and those are gonna be guides I'm using my glue bottle to trace
this use whatever you can that's round and I'm just going to go from mark to
mark and we're ready to cut keep in mind that you've got shelves on each side and
they've got opposite cutouts and then if you've got a short piece it's got to
have the cutout in a certain spot it's not a big deal if you mess up just to
flip it over and use it on the other side but if you've chosen the face you
like it's gonna mess that up and when I cut this I'm going to do a combination
of turning the jigsaw and rotating the work piece to get around this curve I'm using a piece of 220 grit sandpaper
and I'm gonna smooth out this rounded part and work on these transitions where
the blade started and then also where we cut this off with the jigsaw I'm gonna
round over all of these edges and soften them up and then if you see the way the
grain is running from left to right here I want to always sand with the grain so
side to side so I'm just gonna sand a little bit on these faces and edges and
I'm painting this so I'm not really worried about getting every bit of
pencil mark off but if you're staining you're gonna want to get all of that off
and sand this down really nice for this glue up you want to find the flattest
work surface that you have I'm gonna put glue and both of these joints and then
we're going to clamp it together with the 18 inch clamp if you slide it back
and forth just a little bit it won't be so slippery here at first as you're
clamping this you want to make sure that these joints here are all flush straight
across and then don't tighten this too tight make sure the feet are even I'm
going to push it flat down on the work surface and then begin to slowly tighten
it it doesn't need a lot of pressure just enough to keep the joints together
and then if you see glue squeeze-out like that you know you've done a good
job check for flush and we'll clean off the glue flip it back over and make sure
it's still flat and we'll let it sit I've let this sit and dry in a clamp for
about an hour hour and a half and that's the minimum amount of time that I would
leave it if you can just go ahead and leave it in the clamp overnight and that
way it'll make sure the glue sets up and fully cures so I'm gonna make sure I'm
on the right side here this is my short piece so that goes on my right so I want
to glue this foot to the bottom of this side when I clamp this up I want to make
sure that my clamp is straight up and down and not leaning that way or this
way if it is then I'm gonna pull the piece one way or the other I don't want these clamps to be too
tight I just want it tight enough to keep these two pieces pressed against
each other in about another hour we'll be ready to glue up the other side now
that it's dry I'm gonna sand these joints to make sure I get all the dried
glue off and I'm sanding with the grain I don't want to come across here or
cross here I'm also gonna look for any edges that haven't been rounded over yet
and I'm gonna gently sand those and if you're staining this make sure you get
all the pencil marks all the dry glue off anything you leave is going to show
through that stain since I'm painting mine it's not as big of a deal I just
want to make sure there's no globs of glue sticking up here's an important tip when you go to
finish any project whether you're painting staining putting on a top coat
throughout the year wood takes on moisture and releases moisture so if I
just paint the top of the shelf throughout the year it's gonna release
and take on moisture through the bottom much quicker than the top since the top
is sealed up so when it goes to release moisture it's going to dry out much
quicker than the top and it's going to cup because the bottom is going to
shrink faster than the top there were a couple of changes I had to
make along the way and I've updated the plans if you use those just make sure
that when you go to measure that you account for everything that's going to
get in your way there's actually a cleat at the bottom here that's used to attach
the cabinet to the wall and I had to take about three quarters of an inch off
each foot on the stand also remember if you use shelf pins they're gonna take
the width down about a quarter of an inch but again if you use my plans all
the dimensions are correct the shelves will fit in there nice and if you've got
a cabinet like this one they'll work great otherwise just take really good
measurements and fit the plans to your cabinet if you're just getting started
in woodworking and you're gonna build this project let me know down in the
comments also in the description there's a link to the free plans for this
project and another download you might find helpful if you want to see more
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next time

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