Contemporary Hanging Plate Rack (or Shelves) for Sale


As much as I love the look of this curly maple piece – “Kelly Mehler’s Plate Rack,” which I built in for the December 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine –  I simply don’t have a suitable place to hang it in my home…so it’s been taking up closet space ever since. I’m hoping someone here wants to give it a good home.

It’s actually three separate dovetailed units, and the plate dividers are simply a friction fit – they are easily removed to use these as hanging shelves instead (but as a plate rack, cup hooks under the center shelf for the middle one might be nice, which is without a bottom shelf so that it fits over a sink).

The top shelves on the two outside units are adjustable; the rest are secured in dados – and I should note that on the center one, there are two screws into the lowest shelf on either side to hold it together (you can see them in the snap below), to allow for the absence of a dovetailed bottom piece. These screws don’t show if they’re hung together, and could be plugged if they’re not. The depth of each is 11-1/4″, the width is 21-1/2″ and the height is 35″. The finish is three coats of satin pre-cat lacquer.

Now I must confess that these are not my best dovetails. I think this was my first dovetailed project in hard maple…and hard maple is, well, hard without some practice. So while I’m not completely displeased with my work from a few feet away, up close, I can see that it is not as perfect as (now) is possible for me – and that’s why I’m willing to re-home the piece(s) for a commensurately low price – $400 (plus shipping, but I’ll deliver for the cost of a decent lunch plus fuel within 125 or so miles of Cincinnati. Or you can pick up and I’ll buy lunch).

If interested, please send me an email.


As I have them “arranged” in the closet, you can see the two screws on the side of the center unit, and the removable plate dividers. And if you look closely, you can see the sub-perfect dovetails.

And if I can’t find a home for it, in to the “dustbin of history” it goes (as David Savage would say).

About fitz

Woodworker, writer, editor, teacher, ailurophile, Shakespearean. Will write for air-dried walnut.
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2 Responses to Contemporary Hanging Plate Rack (or Shelves) for Sale

  1. nrhiller says:

    That is a ridiculously low price. Someone had better snap this up right away!

  2. toolnut says:

    Wish I had space. I do have a suggestion if it doesn’t sell. Instead of the “dustbin” because the figure in that wood is too nice to toss, maybe repurpose it in your basement shop and use it for displaying/storing planes and sortiing/storing sandpaper, sawblades etc.

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