Stacking decorative plates in a cabinet defeats its purpose. Decorative plates should be displayed around the house. In this article we will discuss how to make your very own plate rack shelf.
- Gather the materials needed to make a plate rack shelf. To make a plate rack shelf we need wood board with 1 inch thickness, miter saw, carpenter’s glue, tape measure, pencil or marker, nails, hammer, sand paper, and screw.
- Base the length of the plate rack shelf on the measurement of the decorative plates. Get a measuring tape and line up at least three of your decorative plates on a surface. Measure the length of all three decorative plates. This will be the basis of the length of the plate rack shelf. Add at least 4 inches to the length measurement so we will have enough spacing for the decorative plates. Also, measure the height of the decorative plates.
- Put markings on the wood boards. Using a pencil, mark the length of the wood board based on the measurement we have done in Step 2. Do the same for marking the height of the plate rack shelf on the wood board. Get two more wood boards and mark each with 6 inches for the height, and the length will again be the same as measured in Step 2. These two boards will serve as the plate rest/base and the top of the plate rack shelf.
- Cut the wood boards based on the markings. We will use a miter saw to make an accurate cut on the wood boards we marked in Step 3. When cutting, use the markings we’ve made earlier as a guide. Decorative edges can also be added on the wood board using the miter saw.
- Create the side boards of the plate shelf. Get a wood board to create the two side boards of the plate shelf. The length is 5 inches and the height is 4 inches so it can fit with the top and base boards.
- Cut the plate rail for the shelf. Using again the miter saw cut a piece of the wood board which is 1/2 inch less than the length of the wood board. This piece will be used as the plate rail for the shelf.
- Assemble all the parts of the shelf together. Get the carpenter’s glue and assemble the boards together. Once assembled, hammer nails on the edges for strength.
- Add finishing touches to the plate rack shelf. If decorative edges were sawed, get a sand paper and polish it off. Once done, we can paint or stain the plate rack shelf. Let it dry completely then attach it to the wall using screws.
Now that you know how to make a plate rack shelf, you can create as many shelves as you want to display all of the decorative plates you have stashed in your cabinet.