|Project by Slyy||posted 12-31-2014 09:27 PM||1800 views||5 times favorited||17 comments|
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!
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