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I wanted more space on the counter, so I made an over-the-sink dishrack. The prototype was my conventional metal dishrack screwed to the wall and cabinet.

I wanted to use a branch I had lying around for the front support to make it look more interesting.

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Step 1: Attaching the branch to a plank makes it easier to drill - part 1

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The front of the new dishrack was made from a branch. I needed to drill a row of holes to hold the rods so that they would be parallel and form a straight, flat surface. First, I supported it with scraps of wood so that the side I wanted the rods in pointed straight up.

Step 2: Attaching the branch to a plank makes it easier to drill - part 2

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To keep the branch from rocking or twisting when drilling, I attached it to a plank of wood. First I put a screw through the left end. I didn't mind the hole because the last few inches of the branch would later be cut off to make it fit between the cabinets. On the right end I used screws to pull a chain very tight over the top of the branch. Clamps were not an option since the plank would need to slide freely on the drill press table.

Step 3: Getting ready to drill - part 1

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I clamped a board to the drill press table to serve as a guide. This made sure the holes I drilled were all in a line.

Step 4: Getting ready to drill - part 2

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I wanted the holes to be spaced at ~3/4" intervals so I used a tape measure and a mark on the drill press table to know where to drill. To keep my hands free for more important things, I clamped the body of a tape measure to the drill press table and stapled the end of the tape to the board supporting the branch. As shown in the quick video, the tape would move with the branch, which let me count off 3/4" intervals.

thundrepance10 months ago

now i know that i don't have to hire someone who will charge me an arm & a leg, thanx to you!

thundrepance10 months ago

now i know that i don't have to hire someone who will charge me an arm & a leg, thanx to you!

susiw11 months ago
This kind of shelf is common in Finland. It is strange that it is not used almost anywhere else places - http://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Astiankuivauskaappi-20060227.jpg
thundrepance susiw10 months ago

i see these in other people' homes, but never had one myself. i've seen them inside cupboards, too!

mded (author)  susiw11 months ago

I've heard they're common there but I couldn't find any manufacturers selling in the states. It's surprising IKEA or someone else hasn't caught on.

sadbluekitty11 months ago

I would LOVE to do this, but I live in a rent house. The back wall is a mirror that has been wall papered over (someone tried to put a nail in it apparently and cracked the mirror so the whole wall looks terrible) I would have trouble anchoring it. My landlord is really strict about stuff like holes in the walls. Very strict. If I find an alternative I will have to try this out.

I love this! I hate clutter on countertops and solved it with hanging wire fruit baskets over the sink to dry washables! I don't have cabinets, I have windows over/behind sink.

Sorry for a "side" posting, I misplaced a mug of the same fruit pattern as that plate and need the description if you wouldn't mind written on the back of that plate so I can replace my mug. It would be so appreciated.

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mded (author)  jdollarbergertharp11 months ago

Sure thing. savoir vivre luscious JJ017

karalalala11 months ago

Genius. I'm saving this in my "future dream house project" folder! Thank you so much.

lumpy1111 months ago
Love this idea! I collect drift wood and have buckets of it. I make all kinds of things. This gives me so many ideas. Thanks for the inspiration. I've been trying to think of something to use in my shower as a shelf. This would be great if I water proofed it.
f.311 months ago
Lorddrake said it best. I also like how you explained the things that you learned as you were going, possibly making it easier on others that may try to make this. Excellent 'ible way to go!
jjdebenedictis11 months ago

Using the branch was the perfect touch. It made a wonderfully functional project beautiful too!

Victor8o511 months ago

I have one of these and it is very handy, you can let the dishes in the rack without needing to move them when they're dry or because the tray of the conventional dishrack is full of water. I would suggest to put a pair of cabinet doors. That way the dishes are hidden and it looks more neat.

tofugami11 months ago
Brilliant use of space.
rimar200011 months ago

Very nice design, congratulations.

LynxSys11 months ago

That's an attractive and functional way of customizing your kitchen, and your Instructables has a lot of neat tips and tricks for getting things done when you're working alone. I also like the use of the natural wood. A very nice project!

Natalina11 months ago

This is a great idea and well executed. Thanks for sharing!

Lorddrake11 months ago

absolutely brilliant setup with the tape measure. Clamping the body on one end and tacking the ruler to the other end. I'm kicking myself for never having thought of that all the times I have been doing a solo DIY project and fought with the tape measure.

I also like you use (and reuse) on that temporary jig for drilling the wood and cutting the metal rods. Always nice to see active examples of "work smart not hard".

Keep up the great work!