Originally Posted by kwmainer
building recessed areas between studs in the wall next to the stove - to hold single file spices (only about 3" deep insets or so).
So... opinions please. I think it would look rather 'off' to create recessed areas that are only 5" wide, by say... 30" high... to hold the spices. Long, narrow.. It would look like the arrow slits made for defense in old castle walls!
I did a recessed spice cabinet with a glass window in the door; it took me 25 hrs to build. The 1/4" thk shelves are adjustable and rest on wood dowels. The inside width is slightly less than 14.5".
With 6" OC and 1.5" wide studs, you have 4.5" inches. If you can somehow make the studs look like finished wood it might work. Maybe cover them with wood veneer.
You can possibly cut one or two studs and use the arrangement in the pic.http://www.homecents.com/images/gloss_imgs/Framing/KingStudL.gif
but holding everything up with jacks during assembly may get complicated.
You may want all the bottle labels to be visible, and a 3-1/2" depth will give this to you. Looking down from the top, the bottles are staggered slightly.
If you make the wall deeper than 3-1/2" you could use stepped shelves, like bleacher seats, and so all the bottles would be partially visible. Load bearing issues would be moot with this widening.
You want the thing at a convenient working height.
Draw it up first to scale to check the aesthetics.Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs