|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 08-20-2013 05:07 PM||2702 views||10 times favorited||28 comments|
This is another Honey-Do completed. My wife saw this smaller scissors rack at an Amish store and it had an open front and fancy side panels. She said “I’d like one of those for the trailer in Arizona to put outside under the covered area. Can you make one??” Oh, of course!!!!
To have one out in the desert where it is dusty, it needs to be enclosed or the clothes will be dirtier after you hang them on the rack!! So that is the way I designed it. Not so fancy but fully enclosed.
I started with the scissors made from some old maple legs the shop instructor dropped off at my house to get them out of his truck. I used 6’ long 3/4” dowels and turned all the ends to 5/8”. 4 dowels gave me 12 rungs.
Then I designed a box to hold them . It is made from 5/8” maple plywood with lock mitered corners.
I was stuck for a while on the type of door(s) and latch. I decided on a sliding door because I think it will seal better and is quite simple to make. It is 1/2” maple plywood left over from a job years ago.
The case will be mounted at shoulder height so there was plenty of room for the door to drop. It has a maple stop rail on the inside top of the door that is screwed and doweled to the door. It was the last thing to assemble. That is why I left the back open, but I actually could get at it opened and with the the rack raised up!!
The handle is mesquite and has a spring loaded brass plunger in it to keep the door up when closed. The plunger fits in a brass ring in the door to prevent wear on the wood.
I added some 1/4- 20 T nuts to the scissors hanging blocks so I could put bolts across the top of the rack to keep it from coming out. That was sure over kill!!!!!!! you’ll need a wrench to remove the scissors anyway!.
The case is 8” x 26 1/4” wide x 23 1/3” high. The scissors has 12 long arms, 4 short arms and is 23 3/4” wide and it extends out to 62” if needed.
The back is pocket screwed and glued in place. There are no mounting holes in it because I don’t know what it will be mounted to yet.
It is finished with clear satin lacquer and I used the last drop in the can on this project!
This whole thing cost me almost nothing. I just bought the 6’ dowels recently but all the rest of the stuff was laying around the shop. The only thing that matters is that carol likes it!
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!