Shenandoah Valley Quilt Rack

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Project by bachambers posted 04-15-2013 05:38 PM 2054 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this quilt rack for a PTA school auction to raise money for the elementary school. It’s a Charles Neil Shenandoah Valley Quilt Rack which I came across on his website a few months ago. I was able to get a hold of some 20+ yr old air dried walnut from a friend at a good price. One of the pieces was 12/4, and I was able to resaw it on the bandsaw so that I could get an upright and the cross pieces out of one board. The upright is joined to the foot with a mortise and tenon, which I then pegged with curly maple. I prefinished with boiled linseed oil, then several coats of clear shellac for a classic finish. Once assembled I put one last coat on the entire quilt rack, then rubbed it out with steel wool, mineral spirits and wax.

My wife liked it so much that she ended up buying it at the auction. She said that I would never build her one, so it was the only way that she could get a quilt rack of her own. She might have a point!

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 05:41 PM

That is really cool, great lines or curves.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#2 posted 04-15-2013 05:55 PM

Very nice! I don’t have much of a use for a quilt rack, but if I did, I’d want mine to look exactly like this. It’s such a beautiful piece.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 04-16-2013 01:44 AM

Nice build. I have always liked Charles’ quilt rack and plan on building one some day myself. You did an outstanding job on this rack. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#4 posted 04-18-2013 01:36 PM

Beautiful quilt rack! Like the curves, the curly maple pegs and the gorgeous walnut. Great job!


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