DIY Upcycled Cutting Board Rack
Here's how to make your own upcycled cutting board rack or compact dish rack:
- wooden Chinese checker game board with cylinder-shaped half-drilled holes (I found mine at my local creative reuse store)
- one hardwood dowel rod (mine cost less than $2 at Home Depot)
- sandpaper or sanding block
- wood glue (optional, for added sturdiness)
- paint (optional, if you want to change the color of the rack)
- Take your Chinese checker game board to a hardware store and buy a hardwood dowel rod of a diameter that fits snugly into the holes.
- Saw the dowel rod into several pieces that are each a few inches long. I opted to use pairs of varying heights because I have cutting boards of different sizes, and the larger ones stay up better with taller dowels.
- Sand the ends of the dowel rods so they are smooth (don't skip this step! splinters suck).
- Insert the dowel rods into the holes. Adjust their positions as needed to support your dishes or cutting boards.
- If you like, glue the rods in place to secure them and paint the rack to coordinate with your decor. I chose not to do either of these things because I wanted my rack to be adjustable.
You could also use this rack in a cupboard to organize sheet pans and the like.
If you can't find an inexpensive Chinese checker board, you can take a similar piece of wood (about half an inch thick, and probably about a foot square, depending on the space you want it to occupy) and drill holes wherever you want to put supports. ↩︎