How to Put Together a Baker’s Rack


Baker’s racks that you see in kitchens or bakery shops can be used for multi different functions such as for storing baked goods as they cooled, storing cooking supplies, displaying collectable items, storing and display serving items like pottery bowls, beautiful stemware, kitchen machinery like mixers or meat grinders, ingredients as well as use it for serving dishes especially in restaurants. The racks are suitable not only to well known chefs or bakers, but also useful if you have it in your home kitchen. Having the baker’s rack helps you put your cooking supplies at their own designated area and easy to look for it whenever you are cooking. The racks come with several different materials ranging from the professional types up to the affordable types to any budget requirement.

To put together a baker’s rack, you need:

  • Tape measure
  • 6 oak boards, 1 inch by 8 inches by 36 inches
  • 2 oak boards, 1 inch by 3 inches by 36 inches
  • Oak plywood, 36 inches by 60 inches
  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • Drill bits, 3/32-inch
  • Counter-sink, 3/8-inch
  • Screw gun
  • 14 wood screws, 3-inch
  • 24 wood screws, 2-inch
  • Sandpaper, medium-grade, fine-grade
  • Tack cloth
  • Wood stain

Putting together a baker’s rack

How to Put Together a Baker’s Rack

  • Firstly, you need to cut the ends of the four 1-inch by 8-inch by 36-inch boards at 45-degree angle using your miter saw.
    • Then, lay the board flat on your work area in order for it to look like a trapezoid shape as if it is 36 inches long.
    • Set the four boards on edge in order to make it a 36-inch by 36-inch square where it’s angled ends against each other.
    • Take two 3-inch screws to screw the boards together for each of its corner. Next, you are required to drill a 3/32-inch pilot hold and a 1/4-inch deep counter-sink hole to cater for each of the screwing application.


  • Next, you have to make its ends flush by setting a 1-inch by 3-inch by 36-inch board on edge while a 1-inch by 8-inch by 36-inch board flat on top of the first board.
    • Make sure that one of the edges on the 1-inch by 8-inch board is flushed with the side of the 1-inch by 3-inch board.
    • Then, you need to screw the 1-inch by 8-inch board to the 1-inch by 3-inch board at least with three screws.
    • You will be able to see one of the shelves for your baker’s rack ready. The above mentioned steps need to be repeated in order for you to create other shelf.
  • After this, you have to lay the square frame flat in order to set a plywood on its top enabling the 60-inch edges to flush with the sides of the frame while one of the 36-inch edge of plywood is flush with the bottom side of the frame. This side will be the bottom of your baker’s rack.
    • The plywood needs to be screwed into the frame enabling three of the 2-inch screws to enter each of the board on your frame.
  • The next step to do is to position the plywood on its 60-inch edge and you must hold one of the shelves against the plywood.
    • Ensure that the edge of the 1-inch by 8-inch board is against the plywood together with the 1-inch by 3-inch board.
    • As for the 1-inch by 3-inch board, it should be in between the square frame and the 1-inch by 8-inch board. It must also be parallel with the 36-inch edges of the plywood.
    • Take three 2-inch screws and screw them through the plywood along with the 1-inch by 8-inch board in order to secure your first shelf.
    • Finally, you have to screw the last shelf onto the plywood with the same method mentioned above enabling the 1-inch by 8-inch board to flush with the 36-inch edge of your plywood. This will be the top shelf of your baker’s rack.

    Always remember that when you have already put together your baker’s rack

    • You need to sand the racks with medium-grade and fine-grade sandpaper to make it look smooth.
    • Ensure that you wipe them of using tack cloth once you finish doing the sanding task.
    • Then, apply the wood stain onto the baker’s rack.
    • Leave the racks to dry completely before you start to use it.

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