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Project by Rex B posted 10-10-2012 01:22 PM 101790 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is pretty simple and utilitarian – just a few pegs to hold brooms and mops in the laundry room. But since I wanted to make it (almost) entirely from materials I had on had, I got to experiment with a few new techniques.

I decided to make it from walnut. The only scrap I had was a square piece about 7” to a side. So I ripped it down the center and used a half-lap joint (cut on the tablesaw and cleaned up with a small plane) to join them into a longer rectangle. This was my first time to try a half-lap joint.

For a finish, I first gave it a coat of danish oil. The only varnish I had on hand was some spar varnish, so I thinned it with mineral spirits and wiped it on by hand. This was the first time I have made my own wiping varnish (although I have used store-bought wiping varnish quite a bit). It took some trial and error to get a good mix ratio, but it worked well enough. After about 5 coats of varnish I wanted to shine it up a bit, so I tried rubbing it out with just a bit of paste wax, which turned out very nice – yet another first!

Overall, this project wasn’t very difficult and it may not be the most interesting thing to read about, but I was very pleased with my success at these new methods. Best of all, we got a high quality broom rack for only the cost of a walnut dowel.

-- Rex





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GrandpaLen

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#1 posted 10-10-2012 04:07 PM

Rex,

So you’ve taught yourself how to properly use a board stretcher, well done. ;-)

...speaking of stretching, nice job with stretching your finishing techniques.

A very Elegant Organizer for those, otherwise, mundane tools.

Nicely executed. – Grandpa Len

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 10-10-2012 07:22 PM

Nice job on a useable project! It is nice when the useful things can look this nice!

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#3 posted 10-10-2012 09:38 PM

Nice looking project and walnut but I have to wonder about the views – this isn’t the first time the view counters have gone wild. 81,000+ views on this in 8 hours?!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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Rex B

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#4 posted 10-10-2012 09:40 PM

Thanks for the compliments. I agree, there is definitely something weird going on. People have been discussing it here.

My theory would be that the word “Rack” in my title has caught the interest of search engine crawlers looking for, well you know what.

-- Rex

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#5 posted 10-10-2012 09:50 PM

a couple of nice firsts rex

it is good you are trying new things
no doubt it will lead to many great successes

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 10-10-2012 10:26 PM

Nice “rack”. Hope it boosts your count…............

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 10-10-2012 11:42 PM

Nice rack , Rex…never said that to a guy before ! LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 10-11-2012 12:51 AM

you must be the all time winner

100,424 views

better not use those brooms
they will be worth more
than baseball cards soon

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 10-11-2012 05:55 AM

no offence but this thing got more hits than any thing i have see I expect it was done with a bot

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#10 posted 10-11-2012 12:04 PM

That is a nice little rack. More impressive than the project is that you got to try some new techniques. What kind of little plane is that?

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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#11 posted 10-11-2012 12:24 PM

Tim, it’s called a palm plane. I got it from Lee Valley. It’s the only real plane I have, and it sure comes in handy for stuff like this.

Dude, I really do have better things to do than try to rack up view numbers on a lame project with a bot! I’m as dumbfounded as you are as to how this is happening. :)

-- Rex

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#12 posted 10-12-2012 01:19 AM

Rex I didn’t think it was your bot. I think it belongs to a search engine or a shopping service.

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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