From Pallet to Pot Rack

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Introduction: From Pallet to Pot Rack

This is my first Instructable, so be gentle. It amounts to this: at work one fine morning, I was taking a gander at a drywall pallet, that had some mighty fine logs to it. I thought to myself, well golly, I could make something with that! Voila, one evening later, I had a simple potrack. I posted this once on Craftster, but am thinking this may be a better venue for this sort of project.

Step 1: Aquire a Log

Any appealing peice of wood will work. I aquired mine from the bottom of a drywall pallet, so the cost was nil. When looking for wood, be sure to keep in mind how much space you have for hanging your pot rack.

Step 2: Sand the Wood

It will be important to have the right grain of sandpaper here. I found that if the grain was too fine, it was taking forever. I wanted kind of a rustic look anyway, so for me, I wasn't going for baby-bottom smooth, I was mostly just prepping for the stain. Once you have sanded it down, make sure you wipe it nice and clean with a cloth.

Step 3: Stain the Wood

This is the easy part. I wiped on the stain with the leg from an old pair of sweatpants. I also discovered that stain does not go bad - this can was at least 25 years old, and I found it in my basement.

Step 4: Spray Finish the Wood

A simple can of spray finish (apply it in quick strokes, or you'll end up with hard, dried up droplets if it runs) makes the log all purty-shiney-like. Yeehaw!

Step 5: Add Hooks and Hang

Add hooks to your log, as well a couple of chains, and you are ready to hang your new pot rack. I spent about $16 on hooks and chain, but if you are lucky, you don't live in the middle of nowhere like I do and can get them for less.

That's it. Any comments on how to improve this Instructable are greatly appreciated.

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Hey Happy Cricket - First, looks great! Trying to figure out where in my little galley kitchen to hang one - can't stand having to dig through the cupboards every time.

Quick note: Now all you need is a hanging system for the lids. I've seen some wire ones that turn out pretty good, that could go right on the side of the cabinet there. Ideas?

try a towel bar or an inexpensive curtain rod, paint to customize

Thanks I was looking for something simple like this to set up in my kitchen to hang some plants. I might have to put and extra chain in the middle and figure out where to get a nice log like yours, but I love this and can't wait to make one!

This looks good. One suggestion I have is that from the looks of it you might have wanted to use larger eye hooks to make sure you are grabbing into a structural member (door header) and not hanging the pots off of the door trim.

Your instructable inspired me to create this hanging pot rack out of a piece of aluminum crash bar from a business door. It was left over after the construction workers cut off parts of it for the two doors. They were going to throw it out. I claimed it several years ago and finally found a permanent use for it. The chains and S hooks paired with the aluminum give it a very "industrial" look that I enjoy. I used less than 10 feet of chain to attach it with hooks to the beams in the ceiling. Two large S hooks were inserted into holes that I drilled through the ends of the crash bar. Smaller S hooks were used for the chains for each pot/pan. It's very handy to have the pots stored out of the way.

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Hi Happy Cricket: Thank you for the response. That was my only apprehension about starting this project because I didn't have a solution to my perceived problem. Hmmm...maybe I'll do this in front of my kitchen window as I have nothing hanging there in the way of window treatments and a tall ceiling (I'm 5' 11" so getting to high hanging pots/pans won't be a problem).

Super! Post pics if you go through with it!

Don't know if this is a comment or meant as a question. I imagine that the chain would have a lot of movement and make it hard to get the pots on and off the hooks. I have a commercially made pot rack that does not move and have thought many a time how annoying it would be if I had to fight with a "floating" pot rack. I don't know what the solution to the problem would be however. I love this idea as I had an endless supply of free wood scraps and want to build something in my rustic cabin. Thank you !

Actually, having been using it now for some time, I've never had a problem - it doesn't even swing back and forth. In fact, my dear wife, who is much shorter than I am, and has to reach on her tip toes and across the counter to grab something has no trouble. Since I made this, I actually ended up putting hooks on the end of the log as well, for holding measuring cups and tongs.

One word of caution - be sure not to use treated lumber for a project like this; most if not all of it contains toxic chemicals that could get into the food.