|Project by Paul Bucalo||posted 07-11-2015 11:11 PM||1015 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
Earlier this year, some time around late winter, my wife asked me to build a wall rack to hold her numerous collection of thread spools. With each spool, she wanted to place a matching threaded bobbin. Right now she has them in plastic drawers, which has been a pain for her to go through when she needs thread for a project. I put it at the top of my bucket list of projects, but somehow it got pushed down low over the months. A week or so ago I was looking for something to make for her upcoming birthday. Then I remembered I had already promised this and it seemed like a project I could finish in time. I finished it today, one day late, but thankfully she doesn’t mind the delay.
The rack measures 32” wide by 24” high, a rounded down measurement that fit within the space the rack had to fit in, and is primarily made of reclaimed lumber and pallets. The frame and spool shelves are pine, while the French cleat top and bottom, as well as the shelf back at the bottom, are made of oak. Five-sixteenths inch store bought dowels were used to hold the spools. One coat of Watco Danish oil (walnut stain) made up the finish.
Although this was a simple project, a lot of time was spend around the dowels: drilling the holes and rounding the ends. If I were to make more of these I would make up a jig to round the working ends instead of hand sanding each one. I hand brushed the oil on each shelf, then hung them from a dungeon floor joist overhead by one end screw. Again, if doing more of these I would make a rack to hang the shelves from and spray the oil on to save time. That might be happening in the near future, as this rack only holds 120 spools and she has a few hundred in various sizes. Ah well. The bucket list grows.
-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA