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  • slooney64 commented on noahw's instructable Test Tube Spice Rack3 years ago
    Test Tube Spice Rack

    I recently added a test tube holder and acquired a spice funnel from Amazon. Together, they make it super easy to refill the test tubes. The holder alone allows me to keep a couple of spices on-hand while cooking without rolling around or spilling.The holder is made with a chunk of 4x4. I cut the holes with the same 1-1/8th" spade bit using a drill guide and a piece of scram underneath to prevent tear-out. The holes go all through way through, to avoid crud buildup. The wood is the perfect thickness to leave the tubes suspended about 1/4" from the surface of the counter. (Your mileage may vary if you position the o-rings on the test tubes differently.)If the radius of a test tube hole is r, the holes are spaced one radius from the edge and one radius from each other. T...

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    I recently added a test tube holder and acquired a spice funnel from Amazon. Together, they make it super easy to refill the test tubes. The holder alone allows me to keep a couple of spices on-hand while cooking without rolling around or spilling.The holder is made with a chunk of 4x4. I cut the holes with the same 1-1/8th" spade bit using a drill guide and a piece of scram underneath to prevent tear-out. The holes go all through way through, to avoid crud buildup. The wood is the perfect thickness to leave the tubes suspended about 1/4" from the surface of the counter. (Your mileage may vary if you position the o-rings on the test tubes differently.)If the radius of a test tube hole is r, the holes are spaced one radius from the edge and one radius from each other. That means for three holes, the length of the 4x4 is (6r + 2r + 2r) = 10r. I did most of the measuring using a scrap of paper with a pencil mark at r and 2r that I marked using the holes in the spice rack. No actual math or rulering was involved.Free-handing straight holes through a 4x4 is very hard without a guide or a drill-press. The picture of the my drill guide is from a different project and shows a different bit. A 12V cordless is not sufficient for drilling through a 4x4 with a spade bit. You will need something more powerful like a corded drill.To finish, just sand and apply some penetrating oil.

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  • slooney64 commented on noahw's instructable Test Tube Spice Rack3 years ago
    Test Tube Spice Rack

    It's a Cuisinart stainless steel shelf with pot hooks (CRBS-36B). Works great. Stands out just far enough to keep large pans from touching the wall. Far more convenient than stacking them in a cupboard.

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