Step 3: Assemble the Rack.

plate rack overview emphasis on the rack pieces
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Glue the short dowels into the back rail, then glue the front rail onto their free ends. Glue the diagonal dowels into the beveled faces of the front and top rails.
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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