Step 2: Drill the Dowel Holes.

plate rack overview emphasis on dowels and dowel holes
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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For the horizontal dowels, drill ½-inch-deep holes every 2 inches in the front and back rails. For the diagonals, offset the holes in the beveled faces of the top and front rails ¼inch from the first set.
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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