Drying rack

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Project by 555555555 posted 12-18-2014 01:31 AM 2434 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having a small shop means that I have to be well organized and innovative. It is snowy winter up here in Canada and so I decided to spray finish some drawer fronts indoors (I usually try to to it outside on a warm day). I started out ok but quickly ran out of room to put both the wet drawer fronts and the drawers I was working on. The fact that I had to put the finished items on my tablesaw, drill press table, bench etc meant that for 24 hours I coupld even so much as drive a screw.

I saw a drying rack in a magazine that hung from the ceiling but there was only about 10 shelves and it had to be put together and taken apart everytime it needed to be used.

In my instance I used dowels on hinged 2×4s to fold together. There are 23 slots. The dowels can be removed and adjusted for larger items. The 2×4 supports swing inwards can support doors 6” long or when fully open they can handle items up to 48 inches long. The whole rack is then winched up to the ceiling.

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#1 posted 12-18-2014 08:42 AM

Great idea…this can also be used in a large shop…I am also always running out of room. Just today I was cleaning the shop and trying to push the side walls out. Thanks for sharing your project

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 12-18-2014 12:49 PM

Very efficient! I like it and may have to borrow the idea.

-- Molon Labe

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#3 posted 12-18-2014 02:40 PM

My hat is off to you, sir….

BTW: Welcome to LJs!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 12-18-2014 02:47 PM

Great idea…

-- Alexander , Greece,

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#5 posted 12-18-2014 03:23 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention…

Great job

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#6 posted 12-18-2014 04:27 PM


-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#7 posted 12-18-2014 04:29 PM

Nice project. I too am pushed for space and hang my ladders in the same manner.

Happy Holidays and thanks for sharing your design with us.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#8 posted 12-18-2014 09:29 PM

Work smarter, not harder. Nice idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#9 posted 12-18-2014 11:07 PM

Welcome to LJs Jim
This is a great idea,nice work.


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