Craftsman Quilt Rack (x3)

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Blog series by Bret updated 06-24-2009 05:55 PM 3 parts 4102 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Getting Started

04-05-2009 09:15 PM by Bret | 1 comment »

For my first hardwood project, I’ve decided to honor my lovely wife who lets me spend countless hours in the garage playing around. She’s a budding quilter, so I’m going to build 3 matching quilt racks—one for her, one for her quilting buddy, and one for my mother who also quilts. As of today, I’ve got a bunch of 3/4 thick white oak sitting in my lumber rack and wishing I had a jointer and planer to work with it. Fortunately, I have a friend who’s a mu...

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Part 2: Construction almost complete

06-14-2009 07:11 PM by Bret | 5 comments »

Well, construction of the first rack is nearly complete. I’ve got the sides done (except for inlaying a dark strip up the center of both sides to hide what would otherwise be some “signature” elements) and just need to complete the keys and holes in the tenons for the keys. That’s today’s project. I’m planning to give the whole thing a once-over with my RO sander when I’m done and then use wiping varnish to finish it. Today I’m also pl...

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Part 3: Almost done with finish sanding

06-24-2009 05:55 PM by Bret | 3 comments »

Tonight I’ve got a friend who’s going to help me decide whether this is ready for finishing or not. I’ve sanded the heck out of it with my RO sander at 150 and 180 grit and am going over it all at 180 tonight by hand to try to get out any remaining scratches. I decided to make the pegs or keys out of wenge to add a bit of contrast and (I hope) compliment the inlay. I’m also going over the pegs tonight with wood filler before finish sanding them tomorrow. Then it&...

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