Spice Jar Lids

It’s been a while! Hey everyone. Was on here for some support and had a recent project I wanted to share. Jan wanted spice jars, and ended up with some mason-jar type jars. She didn’t want the regular lids and this was a cool way to label them too!

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Did you replace the standard jar lid inserts or just put the wood over them? Wondering about sealing and if the lids are deep enough to handle both?

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So these ones are :proofgrade: maple ply, and we replaced the center metal lid. We will glue it into the rim using something that is food-safe. They fit just fine.

We are also looking at using :proofgrade: veneer, which we will stick to the center metal lid with the sticky back, and then glue that into the rim.

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Love these! That font is perfect for them, well done

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Oh yeah. Love these!

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that’s cool.

two other options. they make wooden mason jar lids (available on amazon). they also make regular lids that are metal and cover the whole top (w/o the replacable middle piece) and you could put veneer on that.

both of those would probably give you a better seal than putting the plywood inside the ring, which could be important for some spices/herbs that clump or could have issues w/moisture.

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That’s just cheating…

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I AM A PROUD CHEATER!!!

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(and stupid discourse says “is that a complete sentence?” and won’t let me post just that.)

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Thanks for the ideas. The solid metal ones would look odd with a piece of veneer stuck to the top of them I think. The wood ones are cool, but ultimately a different look without the metal ring, and also quite expensive compared to just using the plywood.

I am a bit worried about the seal a bit, so I’m looking into options to improve that… part of why the veneer+metal lid was considered.

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Oh, full credit to @martinell.jan for the layout/font design! She’s a genius!

Dried herbs and spices are really only good for a year. The plywood will seal just fine.

Keeping them in a dark cabinet and at a cool temperature will have much more of a beneficial effect.

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that may be less accurate with ground spices, which are very vulnerable to moisture and clumping.

@shop @eflyguy I keep expecting Alton Brown to chime in. :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

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What about using the metal rings and veneer over acrylic? That way you’d get the same look but the acrylic would help guard against moisture seep.

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I’m more concerned about having cut plywood gassing out near my herbs.

I’d be much cooler with a veneer top or the dedicated wooden tops.

So this project went on hiatus for a while, though Jan is serious about moving forward with creating a spice business and has been researching various jars and options. For Xmas she wanted to give a couple to her friends, and she got some that use a rubber-sealed bamboo lid.

First, this project was tossed on my with only about an hour to complete it.

  1. To print on a pre-existing lid I needed a template so I measured the lids and created one.
  2. I did a test and found that the lids were too thick to sit on the bed.
  3. A couple of tests without the bed and redesigns of the template later and I had this (yes I used dice as lifts… I was on a tight deadline!):

  1. I forgot to adjust the design to match the new template, so a couple of the lids were off-center. Not too badly though as I was 10 minutes past deadline and my wife was wrapping her gifts as her friends arrived!!
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My daughter is a baker and would love this idea. Going to keep watch for the “solution” on ensuring everything stays fresh with wooden lids.

Like the dice as a stand… :rofl:

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We’ve had these in the jars for a little over 5 months now and have had zero issues. No spoilage, no scent, etc… That said, I think we’re looking more at the metal lid + veneer option as it makes the inner lid not as thick as the plywood, and does get a better seal while presenting the same effect. That and the price between veneer and plywood isn’t that different.

He’s on these forums isn’t he? @AltonBrownPewPewPew ?

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Tools on hand, makes total sense to me.
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