My husband liked the glass jars of his instant coffee so much that he collected them for years until he could build me this wonderful dried goods shelf. This is my most favorite piece of furniture in my kitchen and dining area. It reminds me of the olden days, when everyone had dried goods in jars or containers openly in the kitchen and it’s just a cozy look I think.

Here are his instructions:

First we determine the distance for the horizontal support by simulating the removal of the glasses. To do this, place a glass on a large paper, draw the outline of the glass and the positions of the horizontal support and the round rod (6 or 8 mm diameter) in front of the glasses. This prevents the glasses from sliding out to the front. When removing a glass, it must be possible to lift it over this rod without hitting the plane above it. Determine the correct height accordingly but not with more distance to the plane above than necessary.

The depth of the vertical boards is the depth of the glasses + the diameter of the round rod + 1 cm. The height of the vertical boards or the total construction is given by the number of rows of glass on top of each other. The drawing created in this way can then be used immediately as a sawing and drilling template.

The horizontal support of the glass should remain free of dust and crumbs. That is why we use round rods here as well. For all three round bars per row we determine the correct position depending on the dimensions of the glasses – two as support and one in front of the glasses, 1 to 2 cm above the floor level.

Look from beneath the handmade jar shelf
Look from beneath one “shelf”. The bottom of the glasses are made of round bars to keep it dust free

So that the vertical boards are not in the way when gripping the glasses, they are given a wave shape. We create this with the jigsaw.
The holes for the round bars must not go through the outer vertical boards. Accordingly, the left and right boards have a mirror symmetrical drilling pattern. Lightly phase all drill holes.
Insert round bars and give the construction a back wall. Fixed to the back wall, the spacing of the vertical boards remains constant. In addition, two holes in the upper part of the back wall are then sufficient for suspension.

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