De-cluttering the Kitchen—Cutting Board Wall Rack


Like many woodworking projects, this one started with my lady asking, “Can we make something to hold our cutting boards? And to clear up the counter space over there?”

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“And why don’t we put them up here? Right by the knives and the counter we use to prep food?

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That led to a trip to the lumber yard for some cherry to match the cabinets. After completing a prototype out of pine and getting Gail’s feedback, I put this together.

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The 16” backboard is joined to the 10” shelf like this:

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If you look up to the pic of the rack’s future location marked by a blue square, you can see that it was necessary for it to overhang the tile by about 6 inches. That was just the right height to comfortably dock and retrieve the boards. So I had to add 3/8” spacers to the rack back.

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Then, after much tapping of the drywall and use of a magnetic stud finder, I couldn’t find any studs. So my plan was to use drywall screws.

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But of course, as soon as I drilled into the wall I hit studs. So only the screws were necessary.

Up went the rack and soon after the cutting boards.

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That cleared up this space.

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And now, the knives and prep area are within arm’s reach of all our cutting boards.

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“That looks great honey. Now how about a dining room hutch to hold our special plates?”

Oh boy. I knew I was getting off easy.

© 2014, Brad Chittim, all rights reserved.

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About The Write Biz

By day, I'm a mild-mannered copywriter who harnesses frontal-lobe creativity (right brain) to help B2B marketers generate leads and sales. By night I pick up hand tools to create wooden masterpieces...and give my black lab Bella the "red dot" laser to chase after.
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2 Responses to De-cluttering the Kitchen—Cutting Board Wall Rack

  1. Valerie Gee says:

    Love it! I see how Gail is… Sounds like a fun weekend project! Can’t wait to see it in person in your space….

  2. shavingsandawl says:

    Nicely done. Really impressed with the dovetails. Nice idea and really practical. Keep up the good work.

    ~Alistair

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