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Project by Slyy posted 12-31-2014 09:27 PM 1844 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this was my first official build for another person. My wife and I have some close older friends (twice our age actually) who we get together often with and cook and drink wine. One of the things we’ve started liking to do lately is make a lot of homemade pasta to go along with various dishes. After the pasta was made we have been using an otherwise unused towel rack from the bathroom to let the pasta hang out on and dry.

My wife and I had thought of buying them an “official” pasta rack from the webs but I decided: What the heck I’m a woodworker now, I could just make one! This ended up being a combined Christmas-Birthday present as well since my buds parents were inconsiderate enough to have him on the 23rd!
I looked at various designs just to get a bit of inspiration and sketched up a quick design out on paper

Incidentally also my first self-designed project as well.

My intention here was also to make this using nothing but hand tools as well. So I went to the BORG and picked up an 8’ piece of 1×3” red oak and some 1/4” walnut dowels for the project.

The plan changed a but and I put in through mortises for the walnut dowels as opposed to laying them into the top like I had drawn out on my initial plan. It’s a bit difficult to tell in the photos but I also tapered the risers to 5 degrees toward the middle edge to add a bit more flair to the project (wasn’t sure how well that last design alterations was gonna work out but it’s a noticeable element in person and came out well enough IMO).

My previous project bench hooks came in handy here as well. Had some fun using some old tools (mostly to good effect) and learned how to cover some mistakes and how to hopefully make fewer of them next time!

Some in progress images:

Millers Falls 18c dimensioning some stock


Parts laid out and ready for some joinery


First hand cut mortise and tenon, not perfect but only I noticed it!


Some glue-up action!

Finished the wood with Butcher Block conditioner with beeswax and mineral oil for a nice finished food safe surface.
The project photos are of the rack in its new home. Thanks for stopping by to look friends Happy New Year as well!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson





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CL810

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#1 posted 12-31-2014 09:38 PM

Nice work Jake! Lucky friends.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 09:40 PM

Looks good Jake, could have used one the last time i made lasagne. Noodles everywhere.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 12-31-2014 11:17 PM

It looks great. I’m sure they love it.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 12-31-2014 11:19 PM

I 100% agree with the oldfart. Stuck lasagna noodles are the worst! Good project jake. Now fettucini, wide ones, stat!

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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Slyy

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#5 posted 12-31-2014 11:33 PM

Stef always figured you for a fan of big noodles. You only serve to further reinforce my beliefs!

Thx fellas, more to come I’m sure.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#6 posted 12-31-2014 11:34 PM

Sly, you can dry your pasta over at my place any time you like! (Is that what the kids call it these days?)

Sweet project, and some good looking joinery.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#7 posted 12-31-2014 11:35 PM

Sly, you can dry your pasta over at my place any time you like! (Is that what the kids call it these days?)(noodle dangling, as it were)

Sweet project, and some good looking joinery.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#8 posted 12-31-2014 11:36 PM

And them webbertubes (thanks nonserviam) seem to need alignment. Ye olde double poste

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#9 posted 01-01-2015 12:36 AM

Way to use your old noodle Jake. Congrats on the top 3.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#10 posted 01-01-2015 01:24 AM

Very cool, that turned out really well and sounds like a fun build.

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#11 posted 01-01-2015 02:10 AM

Looks awesome. Not an item I thought existed, lol.

-- -Dan

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#12 posted 01-01-2015 02:50 AM

Well I’ll take a Daily Top Three. Thx everybody for taking a look. I made this first out of love for some Great friends, happy to see it do well here as well!

Pez, we use the pasta attachments for a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Du the pasta through several progressively thinner rollers then place it in a pasta cutter. Then before you cool it you need it to sit out for an hour at least to get the moisture out before boiling them. Haven’t had the chance yet to put it to work but hopefully soon!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#13 posted 01-02-2015 01:59 PM

Looks great, Jake. Good job.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#14 posted 01-02-2015 11:04 PM

Very nice Jake. Great job.

-- ~Tony

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#15 posted 01-22-2015 03:52 PM

Nicely done, Jake! A lot of ‘firsts’ successfully negotiated here. Congratulations! I like the set in dowels, I can imagine knocking off loaded spindles that were simply laiad a top of grooves…Yikes! Have you seen a wooden pasta cutter? Maybe next on the project list? Here’s an example from the web

-- God bless, Candy

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