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I love to cook and, as such, I have a huge collection of spices.  About a year ago I got tired of having to dig through my pile of spice jars to find the one I was looking for, so I decided to change it up.  Pulling some inspiration from Alton Brown and some commercial products that I'd seen I settled on a magnetic spice rack.  In looking around it would seem that I'm not the only one that came to this solution.  In fact, there's even another Instructable on the same topic.

Step 1: Equipment and Supplies

To do this project you're going to need some supplies and equipment.

4 oz Round Clear Top Tins [Pic 1]
1/4" x 1/16" Neodymium Magnets (3 per tin) [Pic 2]
Paper Work Surface
JB Weld (or Other Epoxy)
Toothpicks
Paper for Mixing Epoxy
100 Grit Sandpaper (or Similar)
Damp Paper Towel
Label Maker
Pocket Knife Tweezers [Pic 4]

I built this and have been using these for about a year now. I love them, and have had a lot of compliments about them. I have a couple comments from what I learned, and a question about a problem I'm having.<br><br>I used super glue and decided to use two magnets. Sometimes I just have to learn the hard way. For the really heavy spices (think salt), two magnets was not enough. They would slide down the fridge. Also, after a few months, the superglue started to fail and the magnets started to come off the tins. I used JB Weld now and they are rock solid.<br><br>The really fine, ground spices (cinnamon for example) are giving me major problems. The fine dust gets between the lid and the rim of the tin and this makes it almost impossible to get the lid off. I definitely can't pull the lid off, and usually I can't twist it off either. I now have a pair of channel locks (pliers) in my kitchen that I use to get the lids off the ground spices. Anyone else having this problem? How do you keep the lids from binding?<br>
<p>I've had pretty good luck with rubbing the outside of the rim with a TINY bit of coconut oil so it will spin off next time it also cleans the powder off </p>
How about tapping off the lid except the contact point and spraying/painting that with a thin layer of plasi dip or rubber spray paint? I haven't done this so I don't know if it would work but I just thought if it works for Ball jars it might work for this.
Sorry, I don't follow you. So the plasti-dip on the outside of the lid so it is easier to grip? <br> <br>I'm still trying to find a solution to this problem, so I'd like to understand your idea better.
on the inside of the lid between the lid and the jar edge; however, more i think about it the more it seems that it won't work. the idea was to create a gasket-like effect so that the cinnamon will not slip between the lid and the edge of the jar, like on canning jars (http://www.canningbasics.com/images/canninglids2.jpg) but with out a two piece screw top it doesn't really work.
Oh, I see. That's a good idea, and one I haven't tried yet. I've got nothing to lose so I'll try it.
I had the same problem with cinnamon specifically. I never did find a good solution to that problem.<br><br>Anyone else have a tip?
<p>How have I not seen this sooner, its great, thanks for sharing</p>
<p>cool project</p>
<p>Love it! Thanks for sharing this!</p>
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<p>This seems like a lot of work to be honest! But I think that if you're lacking space in your kitchen for a good array of spices, this idea could really work out, not to mention be quite nice as a decoration too!</p>
<p>Haha. No work at all. You buy the spices, the magnets, the containers, you can even buy 100 round adhesive spice labels for 5.99 on Amazon. So easy. Stick label on, drop magnet on bottom of can inside, fill , stick on fridge.</p>
<p>As for people thinking the light will cause the spices to deteriorate, just get the ones with tin lids. I wanted the clear lids and my son made my labels and he put a pic of each spice on half of the circle so not really much light gets in. Plus if you are doing this you cook! You use them quickly. Also, the fridge is not warm on the front or sides. Some of the new stainless ones have a magnetic area especially if there is an indoor ice maker. That area will work. Try various parts of the front of your fridge, or the side.</p>
<p>I make sure to wipe off each lid and rim with a paper napkin before I close the tins. I also remember not to push the lid on all the way. Just leave a minute space. For onion powder, garlic powder, and lemon pepper there is a sticky feel to the lid due to moisture reacting with the powder perhaps. I actually put those items in a tiny plastic bag with a wire tie inside of the can. Also unless there is some health risk I don't know about, I just drop the magnet in the bottom of the can. No glue needed. No problems after doing this for over a year. Love them on the fridge. So convenient and it freed up two small shelves on the pantry door.</p>
I made this except I put the magnet on the outside and labeled the back. I used 'The Last Glue' to glue the magnets on. Then I stuck them to the side of the fridge.
I made these as a birthday present for my wife. Wells drink loose leave tea and she hate how the little bags clutter up the counter. Wells purchased two &quot;The Board Dudes&quot; magnetic chalk boards and mounted them in the kitchen.<br><br>Thanksgiving for the idea and directions!
<p>That is soo Cool Nice job :D Lucky wife </p>
<p>I made one of these and love it! I recycled an old cookie sheet that I spray painted to freshen it up. I purchased the tins online from Uline, they have several sizes and originally used magnetic tape on the back of each tin. As the adhesive onthe tape failed I just super glued them back on and they have been holding up well. It's been 2 years now. Never have solved the sticking lid issue for some spices.</p>
<p>I made a quicker/easier project of this, I think, by simply putting two small magnets into the bottom INSIDE of the cans, rather than glue them to the bottom. And I'm not the least bit worried that these nickel-coated magnets will taint or foul the completely DRY herbs and spices they come into contact with. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J5VO2EA?psc=1&amp;redirect=true&amp;ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00 If nickel coating is good enough for some parts of my pasta roller, then it's probably okay touching dry herbs and spices.</p><p>I put the spice collection on the side of my refrigerator first, but didn't like the cluttered look in my kitchen. So I bought two metal bulletin boards and mounted them to the inside of my kitchen pantry door - good use of an otherwise unused space - and put all my spices there at eye level where they are easy to see and access. I was concerned about the lids not fitting tight enough and contents spilling out, so to overcome that I gave each can a little squeeze to make it every-so-slightly oval, which in turn made the lids fit tight as a glove, with no fear they'll fall off. </p><p>This whole spice organizing project was a huge and satisfying success, and I'm sorry I didn't do it years ago. </p>
<p>Where can I find the metal bulletin boards??</p>
<p>Just found those magnets on eBay for $7.25/100</p>
<p>I've always loved these containers and this looks really cool! But I think exposing spices to light will make them go stale too fast, at least unless you use them up a lot faster than I do...</p>
<p>I used a small (4 Oz.) tube of Loctite Polyurethane Base Construction Adhesive (Item no: 1452291) and works very well on a single 5/16&quot; dia. x 1/8&quot; thick magnet, holds the same weight and when center mounted, is a bit taller to make it easier to tilt and remove. No mixing the adhesive and way less mess because the tube allows a single dab application.</p><p>http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=19707886</p><p><a href="http://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp?prod=D52" rel="nofollow">http://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp?prod=D52</a></p>
<p>Single magnet holds the same weight and when center mounted, is a bit taller to make it easier to tilt and remove.</p><p><a href="http://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp?prod=D52" rel="nofollow">http://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp?prod=D52</a></p>
<p>I thank you for the link to the affordable containers. I want to put them on the back of my pantry door, but am worried about the lids on the containers staying on tight. you mentioned the containers don't move from slamming the freezer door, but do you have any issues with the containers themselves staying closed? The lids do not screw or twist closed, correct?</p>
The lids on those particular tins don't screw on, but they do fit tight. I never had one pop off even on the few of them that I dropped.
would superglue not have a strong enough hold?
It may have. I was worried about the flexing of the metal tins breaking the superglue bond. Epoxy turned out to be a pretty good option. However, next time I'd rough the surface of the magnets with a little sandpaper or buy the adhesive dots that are available now.
<p>a really space saving hack idea !</p><p>thanks!</p>
<p>I suggest you look at the deal on other sites, like Amazon for the magnets</p><p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001ANVAHI/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=277F2OOPMMDZ&coliid=I2R8HEGPEJRCFM" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001ANVAHI/ref=wl_it_dp_o...</a></p>
<p>I like the idea except for the part about putting them on the refrigerator. I have noticed that the sides can be warm and will shorten the life span of herbs and spices. Sunlight is also a detterant. I am thing that a metal sheet on the interior of a cabinet, away from sunlight will be the way I go.</p>
<p>Nice idea! I've been stressing out on what to do in my kitchen!</p>
<p>could you not glue the magnets onto the inside? </p>
You could save time and maybe even money and buy magnetic spice tins.
Nope. Magnetic spice tins run $4 a tin. Which would make my $20 home project a $200 spice rack. <br>

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