Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tool Time Tuesday...Oven Rack Gadget

Back to the paint store again for more FREE paint sticks...maybe we should buy some paint at some point. Actually, I did buy paint this time for a project in the kitchen. However, I took 2 sticks for one quart of paint...just don't tell.
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Have you ever seen these? They are oven rack push pulls. My mom bought this one in a very expensive kitchen shop years ago and I still use it. You can check the Internet here for a look at different ones and check out the prices.
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Well, who wants to buy one when we can make one for free. I used a black sharpie so you can see the lines, but a pencil is better for the finished product. Just draw a "V" on the top edge and a funny looking number 7 on the left hand side.


I took a picture of a tin snip cutter and a little saw, but I found that the snips caused the soft Balsa wood to snap. (Make sure you have extra sticks) The little saw worked better. Having your husband, boyfriend or significant other cut it for you is even better. The wood is soft, so it's not too difficult.
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sand the edges down to remove the pencil marks.
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Mark a little dot on the other end of the handle.



With a small drill bit, drill the hole for a ribbon so you can hang it up.



You can skip this step if you aren't going to hang it up.




See...now you can pull out the oven rack with the number 7 notch, and



you can push it back in with the "V" notch. My dad lives with us and has his own kitchen. I used his oven to take these pictures. Yikes, my ovens were not blog worthy. I have apple pie spillage all over the bottom of mine. See, now I know we're close friends, because I just confessed that!!



This is my first TTT with a disclaimer. I know this is obvious, but be careful with the wood near the heating element. The last 2 pictures look like the wood is near the heating element, but it was far away, 3 levels up. They work great just for the racks.
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I hope you liked the week's TTT. It's not quilty, but eating is my second favorite hobby!!!
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Have a great Tuesday,
~Karen~

17 comments:

  1. Who knew!? I'll have to make my sister one, since she bakes all the yummy recipes I find!

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  2. I have one of these that I made years ago and I still use it. Mine is made out of pine and I did some tole painting on it. We called them Rack Jacks;) Your ideas are great;) Keep them coming. Thanks

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  3. OMW.....this is great and I am thinking Christmas. Tucked in a basket with some recipes, pot holders, etc.!!! Way to go!!!

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  4. I have one of these (from a kitchen store) and rarely remember to use it...must get it out and put it where I can see it and will then remember! :)

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  5. Such a clever girl! I have seen those before and thought they were a good idea. Now they are even better. Thanks!

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  6. Karen....so smart are you! This is great! I have never seen a tool like that anyway but now I am thinking that I will have to make several! Thanks for TTT and for sharing your creative fun ideas with us!

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  7. What a fantastic idea! And I already needed to go get some paint.

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  8. Excellent idea. Could you paint it, do you think?

    I also 'steal' paint sticks from the hardware store. I used some as markers in my garden. I just wrote 'carrots', 'potatoes', etc. on them with a sharpie and stuck them at the tops of the rows. Works great!

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  9. Great idea - and as for the apple pie spillage - I use a big old cookie pan on the bottom rack - and lay aluminum foil on it ( I was going to say tin foil but that would show my age - ha). For the first 30 min I leave the cookie pan out of the oven, to help brown that bottom crust - then put it in when the pie begins to bubble and it catches the drips. Pull the cookie pan out - roll up the foil and you still have a clean oven. I'm not one for enjoying cleaning the oven, and it isn't self cleaning - but it doesn have a white oven door, not black - so I'm happy to have it - and lazy enough to figure out the cookie pan/aluminum foil thing. Happy baking.

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  10. You are just way too clever. That's why I look forward to your Tuesday blogs. They are great. Love this oven pull. My next project.

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  11. Ok, this is definitely one of the better thinkings that you have come up with. I am making these as gifts, and maybe even painting them and let the people figure what they are....

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  12. What a great idea!
    When I first saw the stick with the magic marker on it I thought it resembled a face of some sort! LOL. You got me!
    :0)

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  13. I had to gasp when I saw pictures of your oven in the tutorial. My oven would NEVER be blog worthy - but then I laughed when I read that you borrowed Dad's oven to take the pictures and I felt lots better about my own spills! LOL Great idea you have there!

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  14. Another great idea! I have wanted one of those for a long time...silly me for not seeing this in my pile of new paint sticks. Another suggestion in place of cutting the "7" notch, you could use a slightly larger drill diameter than the diameter of your oven rack metal, & drill the hole centered over that edge. Hope that's clear enough. I'll make one tomorrow. Thanks

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  15. Hey Karen, I just shared this tutorial on my Pie blog: http://for-the-love-of-pie.blogspot.com/2011/11/oven-rack-gadget-tutorial.html

    If you ever have a great pie recipe you would like to share on my blog, please let me know!


    @pril

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  16. How silly and what an over look. I have a small wood shop and never gave this a thought. I am always looking for something too.

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