First project - Tie Rack

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Project by JoeinDE posted 05-12-2010 05:25 PM 3077 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I inherited some tools from my late father-in-law (router, squares, drill bits, coping saw) and then bought a cordless circular saw and drill. In an inspired moment, I decided to try and make all of the Christmas presents that I was going to give to people for Christmas 2006. I wandered into my local Woodcraft and after overcoming the shock and wonderment of all of the toys in the toystore (most of which I had no clue how to use at that point), I bought a box of random cut-offs and scraps. Contained in that box were pieces of mahogany and purpleheart that would eventually become this tie rack which I built for my brother-in-law. The dowels are birch and the caps are from a larger diameter cedar dowel. The finish is danish oil. I started off trying to hand sand this down to a smooth finish, but realized that purpleheart is very hard so I ended up buying a quarter sheet sander to use on the finishing. The hook is from the orange big box store. As far as I know, my brother-in-law likes this gift, but I have never asked whether or not he uses it. My knowledge of wood (and woodworking) was so limited when I started this project that I didn’t realize that the wood was mahogany until about 6 months after I had given the piece as a present (I also had not found this site, so my knowledge base for asking questions was limited). I learned that without a drill press it is very difficult to drill exactly perpendicular to the surface of the work piece with a hand drill. This resulted in not-quite-perpendicular holes for the dowels. In retrospect, given my tool limitations, this could have turned out much worse. It was definitely a learning experience and it enticed me enough that I decided to continue woodworking.


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#1 posted 05-12-2010 07:02 PM

nice rack. when I was working, I had more ties then would fit on your rack… happiness is being retired and tieless? It only takes a couple of small projects to get you psyched and started in woodworking.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 05-12-2010 09:19 PM

Whats a tie..??
Have not worn one since I can’t remember..
Fill the rack with ties and the small “mistakes” will disappear

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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