There was a recent post on the Facebook Glowforge forum discussing a Ferris Wheel type of spice rack which inspired me to design this.
I wanted one that would accommodate the large McCormick bottles, which are a little over 5" tall. No complicated gears please, just gravity to position the shelves. And, most importantly, no finger joints. Tabs for positioning/alignment, but bolts and captive nuts for the joinery. I really like that technique.
As I was getting it assembled and trying it out with actual spices from the pantry, I realized that it would always want to rotate so that the heaviest shelf was at the bottom. That whole gravity thing. I needed it to have discrete “stops” so that it would hold a particular position.
So, I redesigned it to incorporate magnets at each shelf and one in the base. Solved. It now will hold its position even if a heavier shelf is above it.
A fun project and my wife likes it enough that she says it can be her Christmas present. That’s a win!
That’s really cool! Nice way to fit lots of spice containers in a small space.
I’m totally impressed with how you worked out all the potential issues and came up with a very successful design. I bet your wife is happy!
Ingenious! The magnet idea was inspired.
Cool! I agree, the magnets are a perfect solution!
The magnets are such a great idea, and this could so easily be used for all sorts of things besides spices. Paints, earring supplies, beads etc., etc. Also, it could be a mega sized ferris wheel for lego people.
I’ll admit, I was cooing about the spice rack on FB, but this is cool too. And yes, it has infinite opportunity for use!
So cool! I wonder if it’d work hanging underneath the cabinet?
Organizing projects are always a big hit here! Feel free to include a link to your design if you are selling it anywhere.
I like the way you think!
Hmm, I’ll have to clamp it to something upside down and see if that makes any difference. I’ll let yo know.
That’s so kind of you to suggest. I’m not very organized along those lines, so I don’t have anything like that set up at the moment. Perhaps I need to give it some thought.
Tried the upside-down approach, and it works just fine!
Now it’s even more cool! So many uses for it; glue, little bottles of paint/ink, nails, glitter etc. and if you remove some of the separators, paintbrushes, pens…
Is there a link this is available for purchase at? Forgive me if it’s right in front of my nose and I’m missing it…
Using magnets is clever. Great design and end result.
Not yet, but I’m working on it. @cynd11 was kind enough to put the idea into my head. I’m setting up an Etsy storefront to post it and it will probably take me a few days to sort things out.
I raided our supply of spices this morning to try a test of it fully loaded.
There’s certainly more inertia for the magnetic stops to arrest, but they seem to work well.
May I ask? What did you design this in? looks familiar…