Why You Need A Spoon Rack

by | Jul 27, 2015 | 19 comments

kitchen spoon rackChoosing a project for a video build is a tough decision. Picking the first project is even tougher. We didn’t want it to be too complex or too simple and we wanted to ensure there was a lot that could be learnt. We had all of this in mind when we opted to build the spoon rack, but we know you’re all wandering, why on earth do I need a spoon rack?

We named the project after a lovely little hanging wall piece Richard had spotted and grown fond of. It was called a spoon rack and despite having no idea why or where the spoons might belong we adopted the design and the name for our video series. If, like us, you’re not in need of a rack for your spoons, this is still a lovely and functional piece of furniture.

With the open shelf at the top and narrow boxy little drawer the spoon rack is great for extra storage and I love the idea of it being ‘working storage’ by which I mean you can use the drawer as a kind of tote to carry whatever kit lurks inside over to your work zone when needed.

From a woodworking point of view we wanted to fill the Spoon Rack Series with many different techniques and ensure that everyone could get in the practice by keeping the material requirements small – you will only need boards that are 1″ thick by 6″ (150mm) wide max.
The design is also very scalable and you could have fun altering it to suit your storage needs or available timber.

Here are a few storage ideas to get you thinking-

Kitchen – Spices and condiments…. or spoons?

Hall way – Add hooks for keys and keep a note pad & pen handy.

Office – Keep stationary up top and stash invoices or letters in the drawer – ready to sort through (when you can be bothered).

Workshop – You could add some dividers in to the drawer and use it storing fixings and take it over to the bench like a nail tote. It’s certainly sturdy enough.

It would make for an original gift too.

Don’t forget that the Spoon Rack Video Series will be starting this Friday, and if you purchase before then you’ll get access to the bonus Hand Saw Rant as well. Learn more about our Premium Woodworking Videos.

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Helen seeks to explore ways to live with greater joy & sustainability for both ourselves & the planet. Concepts which have led to the launch of her second business We Are Carbon. As the producer of our videos, Helen brings a unique perspective & injects life to our education ensuring it is both a pleasure to watch & easy to follow & learn from. Learn More About Helen & The English Woodworker.


    • Helen

      Thanks Micheal 🙂

  1. Stefan

    Hi Helen,
    very nice drawing.
    I was asking myself what I will do with a spoon rack.
    And all of the sudden I had the idea if it will be adaptable as a saw till.
    I’m curious to see whats going on in your videos.


    • Helen

      Thanks Stefan, that could be a very interest adaptation. You’ll have to let me know if you need any helping altering the design. The original plans and cut list will be put up in a couple of days.

    • Derek Long

      Stefan: that’s exactly what I thought the “spoon rack” was when I saw the picture awhile ago. Looks like a saw till with a nice little drawer underneath for saw files, etc.

  2. John


    I tried to pay for the spoon rack, video . I couldn’t get the checkout page to load for paying via debit card.



    • Helen

      Hi John,
      Looks like you got all sorted before we had chance to get back to you – many thanks for your support.

  3. Paul B

    When you announced it, I was picturing something that my grandmother displayed all her souvenir teaspoons in but I ordered anyway because of the general quality of past videos and because I wanted a way to thank you guys for all that useful information. The more I see of the project, the more I think I’ll be building it.

    • Helen

      Hi Paul, many thanks for jumping in for the video series, I do hope you’ll build along, I’m sure you’ll find a use for it!

  4. Chris

    I think Spoon Rack is not the best choice you could have made to excite the imagination. Why? No-one except a spoon collector needs one. Spice rack – yes, most people who cook need somewhere to store spices, Key rack- yes, we all use keys.

    • Helen

      I’ve got to agree Chris, there’s not much to excite about the storage of spoons. It is a very versatile piece, we just wanted to stick to the name put to the original.

  5. John

    Belay my comment about being unable to reach your order page.

    It was my error. It’s been done. Always keen to support someone so generous with his knowledge and skills.

  6. Ian

    Hi Helen

    It’s a project and that’s what I’m looking forward to. I thought I saw some hint of moulding in a promotional video. Will you advise in advance of any specialist tools that will be required? Ian

  7. JMe

    The design has excellent possibilities … change proportions a little add a framed swivel mirror and it may make a very nice dressing table mirror. Turn it upside down add a few pegs for coats, the drawer for scarf, gloves, hip-flask, etc and its a coat hanger thingy. I think it will be a wonderful project.

  8. Len Aspell

    Looking forward to the series starting Helen. I am thinking of alternatives to spoon storage and there are so many options. I will watch out for the cutting list.

  9. Jaime

    I don’t need or want an item such as this and have no intention of making it but I’ve still purchased the videos just to watch Richard’s processes.

  10. Frugal

    To be honest Richard, you could have made this first project anything you wanted and I would have subscribed to it. I am looking forward to the tips, tricks, and techniques more than the end product. I have learnt so much from your previous videos that I can not wait to see what you can pack into 3 hours.

    Good luck.

  11. Paul Bouchard

    Just watched it and was very impressed. Solid production values without being over the top or distracting. I really enjoy the “blackboard” renderings and would like to see more of them in future projects when Richard is talking about how the piece he’s working on will fit into the overall plan. Very easy to follow as it is, though.

    It’s funny that in all The English Woodworker videos, there’s usually one “ah ha!” moment in each. This time, it was seeing Richard casually smack the plane against the bench top to lighten the cut. It was like, POW! …all the woodies I have came to me well used but it seemed like I put the bulk of the hammer dings into them.

    My only suggestion is that for novices, checking for wind could have been covered a bit.

  12. Otto

    Good evening,

    i’m intrigued to learn along with you. What is the required tool list?

    with thanks,


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