Drying Rack

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Project by kocgolf posted 323 days ago 2285 views 88 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a nice drying rack that mounts to the wall and retracts flat. Something to clean up the look of our laundry room that doubles as an office. She found one in a high end furniture catalog that I can’t remember the name of, but they wanted something like $400 for something similar to this. I went a little overboard and hand cut all sorts of joinery for it just to practice the skills needed for higher end stuff. I’m relatively new to woodworking, or at least “quality” woodworking. Most of my stuff ends up being painted pine, but I’m transitioning and trying to use “best practices” so that when the nicer pieces start rolling off the assembly line, it will be done correctly and not need to be hidden by putty and paint!

Anyway, she loves it! And so do I as I do a fair amount of laundry as well, and live in the office at home.

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 323 days ago

A neat solution for a perennial problem!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 323 days ago

My wife would love one of these. Looks really awesome, favorited so I can copy when we get our new house!

-- If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed.

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#3 posted 323 days ago

That looks great. I had been thinking of something like that but could not get it designed in my mind. You did a fantastic job.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#4 posted 323 days ago

Good looking piece.

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Joe Weaver

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#5 posted 323 days ago

real nice job

-- Joe, Ga

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#6 posted 323 days ago

Fantastic idea and well made : )

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

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#7 posted 323 days ago

Thanks guys! I had a fun time doing it and it is really rewarding to do something so useful. Everyone in our families wants one now. I would do them with a little less heirloom quaility joinery next time I think:)

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#8 posted 323 days ago

What did you use to hold the frame in the open position? In the picture, it looks to be leather shoe laces painted white! Very nice project. I too had been thinking about doing something like this for the wife. I help her out with the laundry, and that would be real handy drying. Great job. I love the clean look the white gives it.

-- Lynn B. | Indiana | A poor excuse is better than none.

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#9 posted 323 days ago

I simply love it.
That is one heck of a good idea.
And a fine job you have done there.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 323 days ago

Seriously a great idea! Awesome work too it looks pro. My wife would love one of those!

-- If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did." -

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#11 posted 323 days ago

This is awesome. Love it. I have never seen anything like this but Im like you, aint paying $400 for something that we can make ourselves and prolly alot better quality too.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 323 days ago

It is held open with cotton strapping, a type of stronger ribbon. Wife is a craft sewer and has all that stuff. It’s held simply with white plastic washers over screws. Seems plenty stable to me and tucks nicely behind when closed in the up position.

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#13 posted 323 days ago

Great idea and well done. looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 323 days ago

Yours looks like it came from the catalog but will last a very long time. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#15 posted 323 days ago

Nice design….. I need to make one for each daughters room

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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