Get your spices organized with this DIY tiered spice rack. This 3 tier shelf keeps spices at your fingertips. It’s easy to make with these free plans.
DIY Tiered Spice Rack
This DIY tiered spice rack is the perfect way to organize spices in your kitchen. The sides feature a subtle curved detail and the 3 tiers keep all of your most-used spices at your fingertips.
Display the storage rack on a counter or store it inside of a pantry or cupboard.
It’s easy to make with scrap wood and a few common woodworking tools. The free plan includes all of the measurements, detailed instructions, and a template to lay out the curved details.
Download the free plan now and build one today.
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Table of Contents
- Inspiration for This Project
- How Many Spices Can This Rack Hold?
- What Spice Jars Did You Use?
- What Tools Do You Need to Make a Tiered Spice Rack?
- What Wood Should You Use?
- How Do You Draw the Curved Detail?
- How Do You Finish the Tiered Spice Rack?
- How to Make a DIY Tiered Spice Rack Tutorial
- Download the Free Printed Plan
Inspiration for This Project
This tiered rack has three shelves and subtle curved details on the sides. It’s an attractive way to display spices on a counter or store it in a pantry, or cupboard.Back to Table of Contents
How Many Spices Can This Rack Hold?
This spice shelf can hold about 21 of these spice jars.Back to Table of Contents
What Spice Jars Did You Use?
I bought this pack of 24 glass spice jars for this project. The spice jars come with spice labels, shaker lids, metal caps, and a collapsible funnel for filling the jars.Back to Table of Contents
What Tools Do You Need to Make a Tiered Spice Rack?
This 3 tier shelf is easy to make for DIYers of any skill level. It’s a simple afternoon project that can be made using basic woodworking skills and just a few common woodworking tools.
Tools like a miter saw, pocket hole jig, and a drill. We’ll also need a saw to cut the curved detail on the sides of the rack.
I used a miter saw to cut all of the parts to length for this project.
Pocket Hole Jig
We can use any pocket hole jig to drill the pocket holes for this project. I used the Kreg Jig 720PRO to drill the pocket holes for my spice rack. The inexpensive, user-friendly Kreg Jig 320 is also a great choice for drilling pocket holes.
The drill was used to drill the pocket holes and to drive the screws that join the parts together.
Right Angle Drill Attachment
It’s also handy to have a right angle drill attachment. The pocket hole locations on this project are tricky to reach with a traditional driver.
A right angle drill attachment is the perfect tool to drill in a tight spot or to drive screws in hard-to-reach places.
Related: How to Screw in Hard-to-Reach Places
I used a scroll saw to cut the curved details on the sides of the rack, but you might be able to make these cuts with a jigsaw instead.Back to Table of Contents
What Wood Should You Use?
This tiered shelf can be made with just about any type of wood. This project doesn’t require much wood so it’s a great way to use up some scrap wood.
Many times I use common pine to build my projects. Pine is relatively inexpensive and easy to work with.
I had some scrap pieces of pine 1×2s, 1×3s, and 1×6s, so I used those to make my tiered shelf.
Related: Beginner’s Guide to Wood SizesBack to Table of Contents
How Do You Draw the Curved Detail?
The curves on this tiered spice rack could be tricky to draw if you had to do it by hand. Fortunately, you don’t have to. The free printable plan includes a template that takes the guesswork out of laying out this curved detail.
Just download the free plan, print the template, trace it on the boards, and then use a saw to make the cuts.Back to Table of Contents
How Do You Finish the Tiered Spice Rack?
This 3 tier shelf could be finished in a variety of ways. It could be left natural, painted, stained, or a combination of paint and stain.
I planned to leave my shelf natural and apply a clear coat. I applied three coats of this natural polyurethane to this project.Back to Table of Contents
DIY Tiered Spice Rack
- Click here to download the FREE plan (includes detailed instructions, measurements, and bonus tips)
Step 1. Make the Sides
Cut 4 pieces of wood to length. Apply glue and clamp to form 2 side panels.
While the glue is drying print the template at the end of the printed plan.
💡 TIP: When printing the PDF template, be sure to set the scale to 100%.
I prefer templates to be rigid. So I applied some spray adhesive to a manila folder and placed the template on top. Then I cut out the template with scissors.
The manila folder provides a lip for the pencil to trace around.
I used a scroll saw with this 10 TPI blade (teeth per inch) to cut out these curved details, but you might be able to use a jigsaw instead.
I made the cuts next to the pencil line. This way, I could sand to the pencil line.
It’s not necessary, but I used this portable spindle sander to smooth the curved edges of the side panels. The spindle sander makes quick work of smoothing any saw marks. If I didn’t have a spindle sander, I would have smoothed the edges by hand with sandpaper.
Step 2. Assemble the Shelves
Cut 4 pieces of wood to length. In 3 of the pieces, drill pocket holes in each end. These 3 pieces will be used as the shelves. The remaining piece will be used as the riser for the bottom shelf.
Related: How to Use a Kreg Jig
Apply glue to the edge of the piece with pocket holes (shelf), position it on the piece without pocket holes (riser), and clamp for about 30 minutes or until the glue is dry.
Middle and Top Shelf
Cut 3 pieces of wood to length. 2 pieces will be used as risers and 1 piece will be used as the back.
Apply glue to the edge of the piece with pocket holes (shelf) and position it on the riser.
Clamp for about 30 minutes or until the glue is dry. Repeat for the remaining shelf.
To help with positioning, I clamped a piece of scrap wood to the front of the middle shelf. Apply glue to the edge of the bottom shelf, position on the middle shelf, and clamp. Attach using 1-¼” brad nails.
Again, to help with positioning, I clamped a piece of scrap wood to the front of the top shelf. Apply glue to the edge of the middle shelf, position on the top shelf, and clamp. Attach using 1-¼” brad nails.
Just like I did with the shelves, to help with positioning, I clamped a piece of scrap wood to the front of the back. Apply glue to the edge of the top shelf, position on the back, and clamp. Attach using 1-¼” brad nails.
Step 3. Attach the Shelves
Position the shelves on the sides and clamp. Attach using a right angle drill attachment and 1-¼” pocket screws.
Related: How to Screw in Hard-to-Reach Places
Step 4. Finish the Spice Rack
See How Do You Finish the Spice Rack? for more information.
This easy-to-make DIY tiered spice rack is the perfect way to organize spices in your kitchen. The sides feature a subtle curved detail and the 3 tiers keep all of your most-used spices at your fingertips.
Click here to download the free plan (including the detailed instructions and measurements) now!
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