Updated: Aug 9, 2019
Skill Level: Beginner
When my wife and I moved to our homestead, we immediately had 13 chickens which the previous owners graciously left to us. However, we found ourselves drowning in eggs, because from March through September, we’d routinely get nearly a dozen eggs a day! Although we were giving plenty away to friends and family and selling a couple dozen per week to coworkers, we still had several cartons of eggs sitting on our kitchen counter, taking up valuable space. To free up counter space, I built a custom egg rack designed to hold four dozen eggs, which I mounted on the kitchen wall to neatly store the eggs and add to our home’s farmhouse vibe.
Although this rack was designed for eggs, it could be easily modified to store a lot of other things, including apples, onions, potatoes, etc. So if you find yourself drowning in eggs or any other farm products, this egg rack may be the handy solution you are looking for! Read on for a tutorial on how to build it yourself for less than $25!
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Tools you’ll need:
Miter saw (a hand saw will work for those just starting out or on a tight budget, but will require a little extra time and elbow grease)
80-grit sandpaper and sanding block
Materials you’ll need:
1. Cut the wood to size. For this design, you’ll need four pieces 25” long and two pieces 12” long, but you can change the width and height of this design to meet the space restrictions you have in your own kitchen and to hold as many eggs as you need. A general rule of thumb is that you’ll need 2” of length for each egg. For each board, cut approximately ¼”-½” from the end of the board before cutting the specified lengths in order to ensure the ends are square. Use the tape measure to measure the required length, mark with a pencil, and use the carpenter’s square to draw a straight line across the width of the board. Pro tip: To ensure correct lengths after cutting, account for the width of your saw blade by lining up the edge of the blade with the cut line, rather than cutting directly over the line. Once you’re done cutting, arrange the pieces to ensure all lengths were cut properly.
2. Mark an “X” over the center location of each hole you plan to drill with the hole saw. I left an extra half inch of space on each end of the shelf, and then marked Xs every 1” after that. So for this design, to fit a dozen eggs on a shelf while leaving that extra inch of space on each end, I marked at 1.5”, 3.5”, 5.5”, 7.5”, 9.5”, 11.5”, 13.5”, 15.5”, 17.5”, 19.5”, 21.5”, and 23.5”. Measure carefully, because if you are off by even a quarter inch, it will be quite noticeable once you drill the hole. Pro tip: If you plan to stain you egg rack, minimize the marks that you make on the wood. That way, you can easily conceal them or erase them so that they don’t show on the final product.
3. Drill holes using the hole saw. Placing the tip of the drill on each of your marks, drill through the wood until the pilot hole reaches the other side of the board. Then, flip the board over and finish the hole. This prevents tear-out, making the final product look much nicer.
4. Using 80-grit sandpaper, sand the shelfs and sides. Make sure to always sand in the direction of the grain to avoid scratching the wood, since scratches will be visible if you decided to stain the egg rack. You may need to use a coarser sandpaper inside each of the holes if it’s particularly rough.
5. Now, you’ll need to drill the hole for the dowel pins using the drill bit provided in the doweling kit. I placed my dowel pins half an inch in from the front and back of each shelf and set them so that shelves would be spaced equally from top to bottom. Again, measure carefully so that the pieces line up well once they are assembled.
6. Finish the egg rack as you desire. I decided to stain the egg rack using Varathane water-based wood stain. Water-based stains emit less dangerous VOCs than oil-based stains, making for a safer environment inside the house for my pregnant (and odor sensitive) wife. I first applied the Varathane wood conditioner, then 3 coats of stain, followed by 2 coats of Varathane polyurethane. You’ll want each coat to dry before adding the next one, so follow the directions on the product you use. Let the final coat dry completely.
7. Dry fit the pieces to ensure they line up and have a snug fit. Then, apply wood glue to both ends of the dowel pins before piecing everything together the final time. You may need to use a rubber mallet to get everything snug. Clamp the sides together to ensure no gaps develop when drying, wipe off any excess glue, and let dry overnight.
8. Finally, add the keyhole mounts to the backside of the shelf to allow you to easily and securely hand it on the wall. You’ll want to recess the wood underneath the keyhole mounts to allow the screws in the wall to seat properly when hanging. I used a drill to make a couple holes close together and then finished it off with a chisel.
9. Hang up your egg rack and fill it with eggs! Happy scrambling!