A plate rack is a great way to store smaller items like plates, cutting boards, or even decor flat on the wall. This very simple to build plate rack tutorial will walk you through the steps. Free plans by Ana-White.com
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4 - 1x4 @ 10 feet long
4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue
Alternative fasteners are self tapping star bit screws (length of 1-1/2" to 2" long) or 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws
7 - 1x2 @ 34-1/2"
6 - 1x4 @ 34-1/2"
2 - 1x4 @ 62-3/4"
Modification: This plan can be made taller and shelf heights can be changed. But do not make the shelves much longer, as they may start to sag after 36" in width.
Cut all boards with a compound miter saw or chop saw.
Attach the 1x4 sides to the 1x4 shelves.
Then attach the 1x2 rails to the side 1x4s, and the 1x4 shelves at the top and at the bottom shelf.
Hang on the wall through the back 1x2s, use 2-1/2" star bit screws, four screws total, into studs in the wall.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.