Pasta Drying Rack

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Project by Brad posted 03-25-2012 02:25 PM 7432 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last September, I took a business trip to Seattle. My lady and I decided to combine it with some pleasure travel to visit her niece in Portland, Oregon. If you’ve never been there, it’s a wine-lover’s and foodie paradise. Even the street carts deliver fine-dining cuisine.

One day we went shopping and stepped into a little cooking/kitchenware shop. And it’s there where Gail saw something that looked like this.

“A pasta drying rack would make a nice gift,” she said with a smile, Christmas nearing as it was. I determined to make one. But the above design left me cold. Not much to it. So I peeked on the Internet and found one that suited me.

The dimensions were about right but the blockish design wasn’t that appealing. I eventually went with 16” w x 12” deep x 13” h. I laminated 1” x 2” pine stock to get the required thickness of the pieces. As for design details, I rounded over edges to the legs, giving them a Sphinx-paw look. And I used oak dowels for the drying rack extensions. These I finished with a food-safe butcher’s block elixir while everything else got a couple of coats of polyurethane finish.

I drilled stopped holes to accept the vertical dowel supports in the top and very bottom. I drilled a hole completely through the bottom cross-brace—which allows the vertical dowels to pass through into the bottom brace’s stopped hole.

Here’s what Gail opened Christmas morning:

Note the uneven dowels.

My hand drilling skills definitely need some honing.

And Gail needs to schedule some time in the kitchen to make some of her yummy pasta. I’ll even bring the wine honey ;)

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#1 posted 03-25-2012 03:51 PM

Nice! It never would have occurred to me to make my own drying rack for my pasta.

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#2 posted 03-25-2012 03:54 PM

Good job on the drying rack

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 03-25-2012 03:56 PM

Nice pasta rack , mine looks more like the second pic but it works for me . :)


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#4 posted 03-25-2012 05:09 PM

Nice job Brad. You can’t beat fresh pasta. It is difficult to drill holes perfectly vertical. I think I would have used the CD trick for dowels that long.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 03-26-2012 12:30 AM

Nicely done. May have to add this to my list of projects as my DW has made her own pasta a few times now.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 03-26-2012 01:12 AM

Andy, yes…my cockeyed drilling was even with the cd. I do need more practice. Ironically, the skewed dowels facilitate drying as the pasta pieces have more separation from each other to air dry.

Clieb91. A bottle of wine, some good music and a couple of friends are all the encouragement my lady needs. And I get to enjoy her cooking for weeks on out because she freezes the excess.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#7 posted 03-26-2012 01:27 AM

Very nice. Now you have me thinking about pasta for dinner, and I am hungry.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#8 posted 06-04-2013 03:52 PM

Well it was a long time in the making, but my lady finally put this rack to use. She made some delicious whole-wheat fettuccine last weekend. And the rack worked perfectly!

To keep the base from moving around on flour-covered counter tops, I added 1” x 1” green felt squared to the front and back of each leg respectively.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#9 posted 06-04-2013 04:12 PM

Now I’m hungry. Looks like it was just the job Brad. Well made and functional. You can’t ask for more than that.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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