Walnut Luggage Stand

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Project by brianl posted 04-12-2011 02:38 AM 2876 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I had some leftover black walnut from a previous project and I wanted to see what I could do with it. I had some guests coming to visit so I thought a luggage rack would be the perfect project. Unfortunately, I got the project done a month after they visited. It always seems woodworking ends up that way!

Just like my other recent projects, this one is almost completely hand-made. I ripped the walnut by hand, cut the through-mortises by hand, and rounded the feet by hand.

It’s 22 inches high, 24 inches wide, and 16 inches in depth. Those dimensions were decided by the scrap piece I had, so I’m glad they worked out!

The finish is three coats of 2lb garnet shellac followed by a coat of dark brown paste wax. The fabric was excess from some curtains I bought to decorate my guest room. A friend was nice enough to sew the straps for me. I am a trainwreck with sewing machines for some reason. The brass hardware (pivot bolt and brass tacks) were picked up at big orange. The bottom stabilizers are connected to the uprights via wedged through-tennons.

It was a fun project that taught me a lot about angles. The grain of the walnut was pretty odd in places, resulting in a lot of scraper cleanup after the planing. Irritating, but definitely a learning experience!

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 04-12-2011 03:29 AM

Well done Brian

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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