Any thoughts on this spice rack design? Never done anything like this before
I'm looking to build a spice rack for our kitchen. I'm the cook between me and my fiance, and I'm sick of our spices being thrown around. I'm also getting into woodworking as well, so I figure I'd combine the 2 hobbies.
I don't have much experience in wood working. I posted an intro thread which has pictures of the table I built (nothing fancy, just a bunch of home depot pine screwed together). I'd like to get better at it though and do some quality pieces.
Here's what I'm thinking... walnut and maple (maybe pine, or something cheaper), but definitely 2 contrasting woods.
Overall dimensions are 36"x12". The outer box and drawer faces are all dovetails (I think that's the right name for the joint?) The vertical dividers and the shelves are all dado joints, and the drawer back will be doweled to the sides. The drawer bottom will be a 1/16" ply set into a dado joint.
Most of the boards are .75" thick, and the drawers are all .5" thick. I thought about making everything .75" so that I could plane everything all in one pass, but the drawers seemed too bulky that way. Maybe I should make everything .5" thick?
1) How to attach the handles? Should I just try to buy some premade handles, or make them myself and use screws through the back of the drawer face? Is there a better way?
2) Is .75" too thick for all the boards? Should I step down to .5"?
3) I'm limited in tools and workshop space. The only tools I have at home are a circular saw, drill, RO sander, some clamps, and some squares. I'd like to buy the lumber pre-planed if I can. Otherwise, I'd use a jointer and planer at a workshop I can rent ($8/hour). However, keep in mind I'm new at this and it would be a steep learning curve. Do lumber yards or home depot sell good planed (S4S?) walnut and/or maple?
4) Anything wrong with the design?