Magnetic, Under-shelf Spice Rack...





Introduction: Magnetic, Under-shelf Spice Rack...

 Spices are an integral part of any kitchen, but, if you're like me and your kitchen is smaller than your closet, they can take up valuable shelf space. Keeping that in mind, here's a way to store your spices in an unobtrusive way that doesn't take up shelf space.

Spice Jars (I got mine from Williams Sonoma but you can get cheaper/different ones)
Magnets (Mine are from K&J Magnetics)
Dremel or Drill
Measuring tape (if you're anal about measurements)
Epoxy or superglue

Step 1: Preparation

Its important to make sure that your materials are in order before beginning anything. This means laying out your magnets, making sure you have enough, and measuring your space underneath your cabinet.

I laid out my magnets on my spice jars. The tops are metal (steel?) so the magnets stick, but you want to make sure that your magnets are all pointing the same direction.

I also made a quick and dirty template for drilling my holes by tracing the bottles on a piece of cardboard and stabbing it with a knife. 

Step 2: Tracing Holes and Drilling

 I took the template that I made and used a felt tip pen to draw my guide holes. These don't need to be perfect, just general guides for where to place your magnets.

I used the burr setting on my Dremel in order to make short, shallow holes wide enough for the magnets and deep enough for the magnets to lay flush once they're glued.

Step 3: EPOXY

Now is the time for you to very safely smear epoxy into the holes. I cannot overstate how important it is for you to wear hand protection. This is why I am wearing my incredible gloves that look almost exactly like my real hands. 

It is also important to use epoxy in a well-ventilated space as it will eat your brain tissue and turn you into a zombie.

Smear epoxy into the holes, just enough for there to be a base. Let the epoxy set for about a minute, and then push the magnets into the epoxy in order to set them. Make sure to place the magnets into the holes such that they adhere to the magnets on the lid of the jars, if not, your magnets won't stick (they will repel, in fact!). Then, apply epoxy over the magnets in order to seal them into the holes. 

Next, very carefully move the magnets underneath the top of the jar so that they are in the same position as they were previously. You need to make sure they're in the same position so that they magnetically adhere to the magnets you just glued in.

Step 4: Enjoy.

Once the epoxy has set for all of the magnets, attach the jars back to the magnets and enjoy your new magnetic under-counter spice rack!



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    - which specific K&J magnet did you use ?? (item no??)

    - If the lid is iron/steel plate, would it not be better just to fix magnets only on the underside of the shelf ??

    I would just screw sheet metal to bottom of the wooden shelf and kept the magnets just on the jars.

    That just wouldn't have worked out so well in the long run and it just wouldn't have been less work no matter how often you say just... =)

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    Ahaha, this is priceless!

    If you want to make the jars opaque there is a spray paint made by krylon that looks like rock..

    what about using magnetic paint for them to stick to instead of going through the trouble of all this or larger square magnets glued to the shelf's underside?

    Hey there,

    Magnetic paint is too weak for the jars + spices. It's better for binding things against a wall rather than suspending them.

    Larger square magnets would work, as would a large piece of sheet metal (steel or the like) screwed onto or epoxied to the underside of the cabinet or shelf.

    I liked the flush look and the absolute certainty that these puppies would stick to one another, which is why i counter-sank the neodymium magnets into the wood and epoxied them in.

    What unique display of creativity and artistry. I never thought light bulb holders can actually look fantastic as spice racks.

    I think this other instructable has more of a K.I.S.S. (Keep It Stupid Simple!) idea. It seems like a lot of effort with the placement and coordination of the magnets.