|Project by ajw1978||posted 06-05-2015 05:04 AM||832 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
In the process of trying to make my first cutting board and in order to override that little part of me that tends to bypass patience (and the directions), I decided I needed a little side project to keep me occupied while waiting for glue to cure.
And, as always, the internet comes through. Saw a link for a simple rack to put inside your kitchen cabinets show up on the Family Handyman feed. And with a pile of 1×4 scraps left over from a different project, I figured it would be easy and sure enough, it was.
Some quick cuts, a light sanding, some glue, screws and clamps and … done. This is by far my most favorite project to date. In fact, I like it so much that I decided to make a bunch more for other parts of the house and to have on-hand in case some friends want some for their house. Adding to the satisfaction, the CEO/CFO liked them so much she authorized the purchase of “good wood” to make the versions for our bedroom (racks next to the bed above the nightstand); bathroom (for towels and other crap that’s currently cluttering the sink) and kitchen (combined with a coffee mug rack). So … bonus.
Like I said, I just used some scrap 1×4s from Menard’s. For the fences (?), I planed down a 1×4 to about .30”, ripped on the miter saw into 3/4” inch strips. Titebond II and no-frills gold construction screws I had lying around. Only thing I bought was the finish washers—which, by the way, are a new accent piece to simple projects like this.
The ONLY thing I don’t like about this is the finish. Was killing time in the clearance aisle of Walmart the other day and found all kinds of stains, seals and paints on clearance for $1-$5. Bought a bunch of different minwax stains and polys, a few cans of spray laquer and .. against my better judgement, a few cans of Polyshades. Now, I’ve read all the horror stories and am a big fan of traditional staining. But for $1? I figured it was worth a shot on a small, crappy project like this.
Wrong. It is by far the single worst product I have ever used. And I used to shop at Sears, so that says something.
Anyway, simple project. I love it. Was so giddy about it I forgot I was waiting for glue to dry! Pretty sure its in the latest edition of the magazine, but I haven’t gotten mine yet.
-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.