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Project by David Drummond posted 02-01-2013 04:02 PM 4533 views 43 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in the process of building a vanity with a total of 9 doors and a towel cabinet with 4 doors. I normally finish outside and bring them into the shop to dry. This as you can imagine takes up a lot of space so I googled portable drying rack and found nothing so I came here and did the same and came across DLCW’s post and decided to give it a shot. It only took me one 49”x97” sheet of 3/4” door grade MDF and 3 hours to build this which was suprising as I figured it would take all day. The dado’s were super snug and I took an 1/8” roundover bit and rounded over both faces. This thing is ridicously solid and even though the dado’s are TIGHT it comes apart easier than anticipated but not so easy that it could ever come apart on its own based on loading which is what I was hoping for. I think I am going to build a base cabinet for the bottom to raise it up to a higher level which would make it easier to load and unload plus it will give me space to put my Fuji Q4 HVLP and gravity feed HVLP spray guns. Ill probably make the base cabinet 32” tall and put a drawer or two in it. Will follow up when that portion is complete. Thanks for looking and thanks for the design DLCW! David Drummond

-- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore, Dream, Discover” Mark Twain





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#1 posted 02-01-2013 04:42 PM

Cool design David and a good build.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-01-2013 04:45 PM

Excellent idea …. to DLCS that is. Give credit where credit is due. Good job in duplicating it David. I wouldn’t have thought to round over the edges. That takes away the chance on nicking a finished surface on the sharp edges.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#3 posted 02-01-2013 05:59 PM

nice

-- Joel

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#4 posted 02-01-2013 06:15 PM

Very inovative!Very clever!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 02-01-2013 08:14 PM

What a wonderful design. It did take me a couple seconds to realize what I was actually looking at :-)

Unfortunately I don’t do enough of this kind of work to make something like that warranted.

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#6 posted 02-01-2013 10:19 PM

Creative thinking

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 02-02-2013 12:18 AM

This is a great idea. I am definitely going to make a set to go 6’ high.

Thanks for posting this.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#8 posted 02-03-2013 02:01 AM

I can’t take credit for the design. I found it somewhere else and adapted it for my particular needs. I had an advantage when I did mine. My CNC cut all the parts out for me while I was off doing something else. I know, I cheated, but since I had the tool, I used it.

I absolutely love mine and use it all the time. I’m getting ready to launch a new set of products and am thinking about making drying racks that are sized for the specific parts in the products. Could save me tons of finishing time.

Great execution David.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#9 posted 02-04-2013 03:34 PM

Awesome build on the drying rack, like the design and technique. A great addition to a shop.

—www.sawblade.com

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#10 posted 02-08-2013 05:32 PM

Very good idea! Thank you.

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#11 posted 02-08-2013 06:14 PM

Someone should kit these out for those of us without CNC…

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#12 posted 02-09-2013 07:14 PM

I could do that kit form of this drying rack if there was enough interest. I could cut all the cross members and they could come in packages of a size that was convenient for people. I could cut all the MDF slats and the purchaser could build the base so it fits their needs.

If people are interested, let me know and I will see what I could put together in a kit. The more demand the lower the price as I could go into a production mode for folks.

This system really is nice and works really well. The beauty is it disassembles and stores in a small amount of space for those with limited shop space. Even with my large shop I still take mine apart and store it under my tablesaw outfeed extension.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#13 posted 02-11-2013 04:24 PM

Please put me in the “Interested” list.

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#14 posted 02-12-2013 06:02 AM

The last two pictures were just recently added. I decided to build a cabinet underneath the rack to raise it up for easier access and for much needed storage in a cramped shop. Thanks for looking!

-- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore, Dream, Discover” Mark Twain

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#15 posted 03-18-2013 05:17 AM

I didn’t use a CNC. I used a table saw for the stop cuts and dados, cut the radius with a jig saw and rounded over the edges with a trim router… just expect to have forearms of steel from all of the jig saw and trim router use. Totally doable without a CNC just monotonous. Like I said; 3 hours is all it took to get to the first picture.

-- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore, Dream, Discover” Mark Twain

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