Aldis’s spice rack

At the beginning of every summer school class, I encourage my students to build a project they might use themselves, or can give as a gift for a friend or a family member. Many students like to carve or paint their name on a plaque to hang on their bedroom door. Others like to construct a gift for mom or dad, or, in many cases for their beloved pet. Aldis decided to make something that her entire family can use.  She chose to build a spice rack with slanted shelves. Each shelf included a ledge nested into two mortises in the flanking sides. To connect the ledges Aldis made a rabbet joint. She used a Record 078 plane and guided the plane using a very simple technique: clamping a strip of wood alongside the shelf edge and planed down until she reached the intended depth. 


The making of the mortises: Using a Forstner bit, Aldis drilled a series of shallow holes. Then she chiseled out the remaining wood and used a router plane to make the bottom of the mortises of uniformed depth.


Then she glued the shelves in with yellow glue, and finished the piece by rubbing a wax finish on it.

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Yoav Liberman

About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.