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Forum topic by jholt32 posted 01-30-2013 09:35 AM 1016 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2013 09:35 AM

Thank you for your time,
I have been asked to mill up what amounts to a few clothes rods for a family member. The rods will be about 5/8” by 1 3/8” by 7’ and suspended from the ceiling. This is no problem, but when he mentioned that it would be located just in front of his wood burning stove to dry clothes on, I got to thinking that I should think a little.

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I have been given what is thought to be Ash for the project, but I am starting to think that I way not be able to get enough straight grained clear wood out of what I have, so I may be looking for different ideas anyway.

What domestic species do you all think would have the best chance at remaining straight, and holding the weight of several wet garments, in such a dry location.

Thank you all again for your time and advise!

Random background not overly pertinent to the question at hand:
A member of my family has just built a three story house that is only 24’x24’, it is more of a fire tower than a house really. With his new space restraints, he has started looking into storing more items in normally underutilized vertical space. Along with a lack of space, he has opted against grid power, partly by choice, and partly due to location. This has left him running everything off of solar power, and it seems that a clothes dryer is quit the juice hog. While visiting friends in the UK he came across the product in the link above, and hopes to use it to relieve the dryer of its duties.

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 03:35 PM

I would think any of the normal hardwoods would be strong enough. As far as keeping it straight, its going to thermal cycle a lot, trying to gain/lose moisture whcih will warp it. I would guess your finish will be the key here…something that will help to seal in/out moisture to avoid the exchange during the heating cycles that occurr when the stove is running vs. when its not.


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#2 posted 01-30-2013 09:57 PM

Straight grain, plain black walnut would work well. But man, his house is going to be awfully wet.

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#3 posted 01-30-2013 10:25 PM

Beech is tough and it will do exactly what you want.

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#4 posted 01-30-2013 11:26 PM

Thanks for the replies guys,

Nomad62 : I’m not sure if his washing machine just does a great spin cycle, or he is going to wring out his clothes prior to hanging, or if he is going to slip and break a hip.

I also got a vote for QS White Oak from my brother in law at Lange Customs

He aslo mentioned that Ipe deck boards could be had locally, and might be preferable to the domestic choices.

Thanks again, and I am looking forward to any additional input.

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