Overview

Overview for building a plate rack
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Fit the design to your dishes by altering the depth of the sides or the space between shelves.

CUT LIST
Download a printable cut list here.

Side panels
1x12 poplar: two @ 32 inches

Shelves
1x poplar: one @ 4 by 20 inches
1x poplar: one @ 7 by 20 inches

Back panel
½-inch beadboard: one @ 32 by 20 inches

Dish rack
5/4 poplar top rail: one @ 1½ by 20 inches with a 1-inch-wide 45-degree beveled face ripped along one corner
5/4 poplar front rail: one @ 1 by 20 inches with a ½-inch-wide 45-degree beveled face ripped along one corner
5/4 poplar back rail: one @ 3¼ by 20 inches
Diagonal dowels: nine @ 13 inches
Horizontal dowels: nine @ 7 inches
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • flexible batten
      Thin, flexible batten to draw curves
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • 5/16-inch drill bit
      5/16-inch drill bit
    • shims
      Shims
    • one-and-a-half inch paintbrush
      Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1x12 poplar board. Get one 8-footer for the sides and shelves, which will need to be ripped to width.

    5/4-by-4-inch poplar board. Get one 4-footer to rip for the dowel rails.

    ½-inch beadboard panel for the back. Get one 4-by-8-foot sheet.

    5/16-inch maple dowels. Get four 4-foot pieces.Four Shaker pegs

    French cleat. Get one 18-inch metal cleat like this one.

    1-¼-inch wood screws

    Brad nails

    Wood glue

    Paint