Craftsman Quilt Rack

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Project by Bret posted 07-01-2009 04:22 AM 4218 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the finished quilt rack. In the end, I was a bit rushed trying to get it finished before we left for Iowa so I could deliver it to my mother in person. There are plenty of “signatures” on this piece, and many of them are hidden on the back thanks to good positioning.

The rack itself is plainsawn white oak. The keys are wenge, and I didn’t bother filling the pores since I thought they were part of the character of that wood and so I just gave them one coat of Seal-A-Cell and four coats of Arm-R-Seal (they would have gotten five, but I frankly forgot about them during one wiping application).

It was finished using General Finishes Honey Maple stain followed by American Walnut with no sanding between, so the walnut stain really just penetrated the grain and left the lighter dye to color the majority of the wood. I followed that with one coat of Seal-A-Cell and then wiped on five coats of General Finishes wiping varnish (Arm-R-Seal, I think). Satin finish. I’m pretty pleased with the way the varnish came out, but as I was under time pressure, I did all sides of all pieces at the same time and ended up with some runs and drops that I wasn’t able to get out. And the final coat, for some reason, picked up a lot of dust nibs and even rubbing with a brown paper bag (as Flexner recommends) didn’t get them all out. Most, yes, but not all.

So there it is, my first ever hardwood project. I’m pretty pleased with the results, even imperfect as they are.

Thanks to you all for the great ideas, guidance, and as ever, gentleness.

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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#1 posted 07-01-2009 04:44 AM

Hey Bret
very nice quilt rack well done

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#2 posted 07-01-2009 04:59 AM

The stripe covers up the fact that one side didn’t work well when I glued it up. The dowels I used to keep it straight had hydraulic issues and so I could see daylight through one side. A quick pass with the router and some inlay and now you can’t really tell unless you’re looking very closely on the one inside face.

Necessity really is the mother of invention. Someone in the discussion on my blogs about this project suggested the inlay and it really worked like a champ.

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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#3 posted 07-01-2009 05:00 AM

Great Lookin Quilt rack

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 07-01-2009 05:20 AM

I like the idea that there is a flat surface on the top. I have a design for the kids that is set up to hold 3 quilts, but I might borrow some ideas from this one if you don’t mind. Thanks, and great job.

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#5 posted 07-14-2009 06:38 PM

The idea for the top storage was a key feature for me too, but it wasn’t my idea, actually. The plans are from Woodsmith magazine, but I can’t recall which issue.

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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#6 posted 11-16-2009 10:16 PM

hey Bret I see you are in Denver. I’d like to invite you to join us at Red Rocks School of Fine Woodworking. Let me know if you are interested.
Al Bibbero aka Bibb

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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