This little rack is easy to build and adds simple, good-looking storage to any home. Makes a great gift, too!
• The basic construction techniques allow you to create a finished piece that is both functional and decorative. By carefully reading
and following these plans and directions, you will be able to successfully complete this project.
• Because the surfaces of the rack are flat and the edges are square and unadorned with trim or molding, you can easily master the
basic steps for achieving a high-quality finish.
This project gives beginning woodworking students the opportunity to learn a number of important, basic skills, including measuring,
cutting, marking, drilling, gluing, clamping, simple joinery and hinge installation. And after you make the rack, you’ll learn how to
apply stains and finishes to protect the wood and keep it looking beautiful.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Good craftsmanship begins and ends with good work habits, so make
the following steps part of your routine workshop practice. If you have
any doubts or questions about how to proceed with a project, always
discuss them with your shop instructor.
• Carefully and fully review plans and instructions before putting a tool
• Work sensibly and safely. Wear safety goggles when doing work that
creates flying chips and sawdust; wear the appropriate mask or
respirator whenever making sawdust or working with thinners or
• At the end of every work session, clean up your shop area and put
away all portable tools.
CUTTING AND ASSEMBLY
Refer to the project illustration shown on page 6.
1. Using a compass and a straightedge, transfer the pattern measurements
for Part A to the pine stock. Then cut the sides (A) with a jigsaw.
Sand the curved edges smooth either by hand or with a drum sander.
2. Cut and rip the shelf (B) to the length and width given in the
3. Cut and rip the top (D) to its length and width.
4. Cut and rip the hatch (E) to its length and width.
5. Cut the hanging strip (F) and the peg strip (C) to the same length as
the shelf (B) and rip each of those pieces to their respective widths.
6. Cut and rip the hatch stop (G) to its length and width.
7. Drill the 3/8” counterbore holes for the screw-hole buttons into the
outside faces of parts A with your 3/8” spade bit. Make each hole
8. Drill the 3/8” counterbore holes in the top (D). These holes must
be 3/8” deep.
9. Mark the center points for the 1/2” holes to be used for mounting
the Shaker pegs into the peg strip (C). Use your 1/2” spade bit and
drill the holes perfectly perpendicular to the peg strip to ensure that
the pegs will project evenly when they’re glued in place.
10. Lay the pieces on your workbench and, using no glue, preassemble
the hanging strip (F), the shelf (B), the peg strip (C) and the sides (A),
clamping them together with a bar clamp.
11. Drill the holes for the wood screws with the combination pilot
hole/countersink bit, using the center of the counterbore holes as
12. With the pieces still clamped together, screw the sides (A) to parts
13. Glue and clamp the hatch stops to the inside of parts A.
14. Install the hinges to the underside of the top (D) and to the top of
the hatch (E).
15. Install the magnetic catches to the face of each hatch stop (G).
16. Install the wood knob to the face of the hatch (E).
17. Glue the buttons, plugs
Use only a small drop of glue for the buttons but be sure to apply a thin
coat of glue completely around the plugs and the base of the pegs. This
will swell the wood and ensure a tight fit. After the glue is dry, trim or
belt-sand the four plugs flush with the top.