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Project by JustJoe posted 317 days ago 1356 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these two hanging quilt racks on short notice to take to my Mom in Michigan. They are both made out of common black cherry. The small one holds a 40” or shorter quilt. It was wiped with BLO to bring out the figure, then set in the sun for a few hours to darken, and then two coats of satin varnish. The two pegs were turned on the lathe and the bar to hold the quilts has two holes to slide over the two pegs.

The larger one holds an 80” quilt. It was wiped in BLO to bring out the figure, but didn’t get to sit in the sun as long because of the weather and the time, so it isn’t as dark. Topcoat is wipe-on poly, about four coats. I like the satin look of the poly better than the varnish (the satin varnish looks closer to high-gloss, I think.) and it was much easier to apply without blemishes. (rag on, wipe off, wait 2 hours, reapply until satisfied.) The final coats were applied once I got to MI, that’s a pic of it in their garage as I work on it.

The first one just has three screws behind the bar that hold it to the wall. For the long one, I routed a 5/8D x 1”H x 60”L stopped groove in the back, and then used a dovetail bit to put an angle on the top edge. Then I made a couple of cleats 7/8”H x 20” long with a corresponding angle cut on the one edge. Those got screwed to the wall studs, and then the quilt-rack drops into place. That way it’s on solidly (big quilts do get heavy.) and it can be slid left-right a bit to position it evenly on the wall. It’s installed now – that was an adventure in itself (blog to follow within 48 hours entitled “Worst Workshop Ever” – stay tuned!) The quilt-bar slides into rectangle slots on the end-pieces.

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Handtooler

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#1 posted 317 days ago

Very unique for me. I’ve seen many free standing floor modle spindle type quilt racks. In fact we use three all the time in our home, but I’m not familiar with the wall mounted ones, only for tapestries which I’ve made four of. Huh! nice idea. How much distance is there between the rear facia and the rod? Are the quilts folded?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#2 posted 317 days ago

Very interesting. I’ve never seen these before.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#3 posted 317 days ago

Thanks. I google around for ideas and combined the shapes from different things that I found and the measurements off the standard quilt sizes. The quilt gets folded over the bar. I thought it would fold in half, she only folded it over so about 1/4 is behind the bar – just enough so it doesn’t slip back off (although she can adjust it to 1/2 if she wants). There is only 1.5-2” between the back piece and he bar, it doesn’t stick out that far – just enough for the quilt to slip back there. She does a lot of quilts – she has a couple of the floor-standing racks too but wanted something so she could hang them on the wall. I found it a good use of poorer quality wood because most of it is hidden by the quilt – to include 99% of the bar where I was able to use a 1/2×2x90” piece of scrap cherry that had too much black sap streaks for anything else. Only about 3” show on each end of that one and it sits on the wall about 16” from the ceiling so a lot of sins are forgiven.

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#4 posted 317 days ago

Did you thread the attaching studs for the bar from your turnings?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#5 posted 317 days ago

The two shaker-style pegs were turned with a 3/4” long tenon on the end. I pre-drilled those on the lathe. To mount, I drilled a hole halfway through the front of the back piece, pilot hole in the middle of that, countersink the back and then put glue on the tenon and inserted a screw from the back to pull it in while it dried. It took longer to type that sentence than it did to actually do. If I wasn’t rushed for time I would have just glued them into place and waited for it all to dry but I wanted to start applying finish right away.

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 317 days ago

Those turned out great. The second one will darken even with the finish applied.

I love black cherry with those black sap streaks so don’t throw any of it in the burn pile!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 316 days ago

I have never seen one like these before. Love the design and craftsmanship. Im sure after my wife see’s these, they will be added to my “Honey do list.” Great job

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BArnold

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#8 posted 316 days ago

Very nice work, Joe!

I built the design of your first one back in 1998 shortly after it appeared in the Dec.1997 issue of Wood Magazine. You can see my version of it here. I reduced the size a bit to fit the wall on which we wanted to mount it.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#9 posted 313 days ago

Like it. A great rack to display those beautiful quilts. Great design and great build.

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