Thursday, December 8, 2016

Herb racks

Ralph is the undisputed king of holiday gift-making with his cell phone holders.  I don't come close, but we did do something a little different this year so the gifts would be from both my wife and me.  My wife grew herbs, I made small racks, we bought some bottles and she filled them with dried basil, chives, oregano, mint, sage, thyme and rosemary.  Everything was designed to fit in a USPS medium flat rate box.

The racks are nothing special, just made from half-inch white oak put together with rabbets and dadoes.  The joints are pegged with those Lee Valley 1/8" dowels I use often.  They are designed so that they can sit on the counter or hang on the wall.

I think handmade gifts are very special.  The person who gave it to you spent time making something for you, so there a real personal connection.

It's not too late.  You've still got two weeks.


  1. Andy,

    A great gift. You have lucky friends and family.

    Good on you and your wife,


  2. A great and very personal gift.
    There is something magic about opening a jar of homemade herbs. The distinct pleasant smell of warm summer days can warm you up in the cold and rainy season.