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Crisscross Rack How-To




  • 11 strips of 1 1/8 inch lattice (see list below)
  • Spring or A clamps
  • Drill with 1/2-inch bit
  • Wood glue
  • 14 Shaker-style wooden pegs


  1. Step 1

    Lattice: Cut and label the following pieces of 1 1/8-inch lattice: Four 53 1/2-inch-long pieces (use a pencil to number them 1, 2, 10, and 11) Two 40-inch-long pieces (number them 4 and 5) Three 55-inch-long pieces (number them 3, 6, and 7) Two 38-inch-long pieces (number them 8 and 9)

  2. Step 2

    After you have cut your lattice strips and before securing all the joints and drilling holes, mark each piece of lattice 4 inches from each end. Stack the wood loosely in the shape of the rack; all ends should overlap each other by 4 inches.

  3. Step 3

    Use the lattice to create an isosceles triangle: Diagonally place strip 1 as the left side, then strip 2 as the right side. Remember, the tips should extend 4 inches beyond the joint.

  4. Step 4

    To create the bottom of the large triangle, lay strip 3 on top horizontally.

  5. Step 5

    Use strips 4 and 5 to create an X on top of the triangle; each of the top ends of the X should overlap the triangle sides 9 1/2 inches below the triangle point.

  6. Step 6

    Lay strip 6 horizontally across center of the X.

  7. Step 7

    Lay strip 7 horizontally across the top of the X, crossing the other pieces where the X meets the large triangle.

  8. Step 8

    Lay strips 8 and 9 vertically to make sides of rack.

  9. Step 9

    With strip 7 as the bottom side, diagonally lay strips 10 and 11 to create an inverted triangle (this will also make a diamond in the center of both triangles).

Martha Stewart Living, February 2004



Reviews (13)

  • lloydabell4 9 Dec, 2010

    I really enjoyed making this! I had to use 1 1/2 lattice instead of 1 1/8 because that's all that home depot carried but it turned out great. Check it out:

  • PKae 4 Nov, 2010

    Continued from last, got shortened. Wud also be great in child's room with hammock style toy holders, pegs for hats, sport ribbons, hanging toys. Looks pretty neat at180' of it in narrow hall w/decor flat instead of pegs, etc.

  • PKae 4 Nov, 2010

    I think it's a bookshelf with wheels. If worry RE: stealing, cud use away from a door or not put keys on it. How cool it wud look with plants hanging from very top

  • Sissy 1 Nov, 2010

    Lowes also has cubbies.

  • Sissy 1 Nov, 2010

    Lowes also has cubbies.

  • Sissy 1 Nov, 2010

    Does anyone really want their keys hanging in a "public area" of their home?! Too easy for someone to snatch--and then have keys to your house, car, or whatever. Just too tempting---even for kids, who just think having some keys would be neat!

  • knittingnurse 8 Jun, 2009

    I think Target has some of the cubby [filtered word] shelving as well . . . .

  • JessicaRG 9 Nov, 2008

    They also sell those at IKEA in a number of colors. They have 2x4 and 4x4 shelving units. (EXPEDIT is the series name.)

  • biancarollins 4 Nov, 2008

    I believe you can find the cubby shelves at west They used to have them there. Ikea has something similar as well. You would have to add the castors though.

  • LBRussell 3 Nov, 2008

    i'm more interested in the little cubby shelves underneath the rack. Any instructions or other information on those. Exactly what I've been looking for.

  • ginreyn 1 Nov, 2008

    We did this in a bathroom once using a ready made lattice trellis and put hooks on it for towels, etc.

  • ginreyn 1 Nov, 2008

    We did this in a bathroom once using a ready made lattice trellis and put hooks on it for towels, etc.

  • jnapier 1 Nov, 2008

    Great idea and terrific directions! Going to get the pegs and lattice strips today!