Top 6 Kitchen Woodworking Plans and Projects

People often equate fine woodworking with furniture and cabinetry, but there are countless other types of woodworking projects that one can build. For instance, the following are five kitchen woodworking plans and projects that are all designed for use in the kitchen. The best part is, each of these sets of free woodworking plans will not only show off your skills as a woodworker, but are very useful in the kitchen.

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    Hardwood Bread Tray
    Maple Bread Tray. (c) 2008 Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    If you're looking for one of those gift ideas for the proverbial "person who has everything," build them a hardwood bread tray. This unique tray is a perfect platform for slicing bread, as the slatted bottom allows the crumbs from cutting the bread to fall through to the counter below. After cutting the bread, you can carry the sliced bread directly to the dinner table and the crumbs stay behind. This tray always gets plenty of compliments, as it is an item that few people have ever...MORE seen, but nearly everyone wants one for their own kitchen. It's a relatively simple project to build, but one that is a lot of fun to make (and to use).

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    Wine Rack with Built-in Wine Glass Storage
    Wine Rack with Built-in Wine Glass Storage. (c) 2008 Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    A well-placed, perfectly-sized wine rack can give a sense of warmth and class to any kitchen. Many wine racks are designed to hold bottles of wine, but few are also able to hold a number of wine glasses along with the bottles of wine.  In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build a wine rack that will hold up to thirteen bottles of wine and twelve long-stemmed wine glasses. The unit is just the right size to position on top of a refrigerator or on a counter-top.

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    Hardwood Cutting Board
    Maple Cutting Board. (c) 2008 Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Every kitchen should have at least two cutting boards. Since a cutting board is such a simple woodworking project to build, and the quality of cutting board that you can build is typically far superior to those you can buy, there's not much reason to buy one. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build a hardwood cutting board with basic tools in just a couple of hours of your time.

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    Modular Wine Rack
    Modular Wine Rack. (c) 2008 Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Wine racks don't have to be complicated. Often, the most basic design can be the most elegant and functional. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn the steps to build such a wine rack. This woodworking project is relatively simple to build, but looks very attractive when filled with bottles of your favorite wines. With its modular design, it is also quite versatile and sturdy, as numerous racks can be mounted on top of one another, meaning there really isn't a limit to the number...MORE of wine racks that can be used in a particular space. This modular wine rack is great for a kitchen or a wine cellar.

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    Plastic Shopping Bag Saver
    Plastic Shopping Bag Saver. (c) 2008 Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Practically every store today provides plastic shopping bags for their customers. Sure, these bags are inexpensive and convenient, but they also are a long-term hazard to landfills. Common sense says that one would be wise to re-use these bags whenever possible. Luckily, there are thousands of uses for plastic shopping bags once you get home with your goods. The biggest problem with re-using your plastic shopping bags keeping them handy in an easily-accessible location. Here's a solution...MORE that shows off your woodworking skills while storing your extra plastic shopping bags: a shopping bag saver. This bag saver will hold up to 40 bags and has a slot in the bottom for easy bag access.

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    Rustic Pot Rack
    Rustic Pot Rack. (c) 2011 Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.

    A pot rack can be a great way to store (and display) your pots and pans. Many pot racks hang overhead, but for smaller kitchens, a wall-hanging pot rack can be just as effective. With these free woodworking plans, you can build a rustic pot rack made from rough-cut cedar. The pot rack can hang on your wall and hold up to ten pots and pans. It is even strong enough to hold heavy cast iron pots and pans!