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Measuring spoon rack from recycled wood

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Recently I bought some nice looking measuring spoons. Unfortunately, they get lost easily among my other utensils. Using branches from a tree in my yard (already cut down), I made a rack for my measuring spoons so they're always readily at hand.
 
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Step 1: Gather your wood

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You can make this rack just about any size you want. For reference, my base measures almost 3 inches in diameter, 1 inch in height. The vertical part measures 10 inches tall, 1.5 inches in diameter. Since all my available wood was pretty thin, I made the cut for the base at an elbow to get a little extra diameter.



Step 2: Tools

You will need:

saw
2 long nails (mine are 2.5 inches long)
drill with a bit thinner than the nails you're using
7/8 inch cup hooks ($.97 for an 8 pack at Walmart!)
sandpaper
hammer
pencil



Step 3: Sand & trace

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Use the sandpaper to smooth the cut surfaces, particularly those that will be nailed together.

Decide which side of the base will be sitting on the surface, then place the vertical part on top of the base and use a pencil to trace the base of the vertical part. Inside the circle, mark two points for holes as evenly spaced as possible.

Step 4: Drill, drill, drill...

Don't pick up the hammer and nails just yet! You must drill holes first if you don't want the wood to crack (I learned this the hard way...)

Use the drill and small bit to make holes through the base where you've marked with a pencil. Once you've done that, you can place the nails and hammer them into the holes you've made, but not all the way, just till the tips are visible on the other side.

Now, place the vertical part on top of the base. Flip the two parts over and make a few taps with the hammer so the nails will leave an impression on the base of the vertical part. Now that you know exactly where to drill, you can make the two corresponding holes in the vertical part.
very creative! love the rustic look :)
rvt1985 (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz8 months ago
Thank you! I like the rustic look too!
Wow
rvt1985 (author)  purpleleopard128 months ago
Thanks... I think? :)