|Forum topic by Dan Lyke||posted 10-20-2010 01:26 AM||1106 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
10-20-2010 01:26 AM
I’ve started on “the bathroom project”. I’ve told myself that I’m not undertaking any major new projects ‘til I get my new shop designed and built, but there are all of these several hour little projects that are so much fun I can’t put ‘em off and…
One of those projects is replacing the chromed metal towel racks in the bathroom. Except, of course, that the towel racks are never mounted solidly. To make matters worse, my sweety has a developmentally disabled brother, and when he comes to stay with us he’ll use anything in the bathroom to steady himself.
So these towel racks are going to need to be bombproof. Usable as grab handles. I should be able to stand on ‘em.
I’m gonna make ‘em out of some scrap Massaranduba, so the wood will be fine, but it’d be really if I can mount them either so that the screws are invisible, or so that the screws are a decorative part of the mounting.
My first thought was to put sliding dovetails on the wall ends of the posts that hold the rails away from the wall, and mill some stopped dovetails in plates that I screw on to the wall. Put the screw holes under the dovetails, screw those plates to the holes, slide the post/rail assembly down into the stopped dovetails. But that’s gonna be an alignment nightmare.
Current thought is to build those posts as “T”s, with the top of the T towards the wall, and just attach them with brass screws with visible heads.
But if anyone knows of the perfect piece of hardware to attach such things without making the attachment points visible, I’d love to have the benefit of your experience.
-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke