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Project by moshel posted 03-04-2010 05:26 AM 1927 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was more complex to make than I thought. It all started by my wife daring me to make one. “sure” I said “no problem!”. there were several problems… anyway, its done now and still she compains that it has some smell and it will make the towels smelly.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...





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dustyal

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#1 posted 03-04-2010 05:31 AM

Hey, cool… we have an original antique one of these hanging by the laundry room. Gets used just about every day. Yours looks a lot better! Nice job on the design and build… the smell? Is that why it appears to be outside? It’ll dry out in a few years…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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moshel

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#2 posted 03-04-2010 05:34 AM

LOL

Yes, forgot to mention that actually we currently have no place to mount it (we are in the process of building a new house and the current house is rented and they are not very keen about us drilling holes all over the place) so I just mounted it using double sided tape for the photo

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#3 posted 03-04-2010 05:36 AM

you guys with that exotic wood ,
sure do have problems (LOL) !

use it in the shop ,

and make her one out of pine .

looks great !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 03-04-2010 06:06 AM

Looks good. It is funny how sometimes the pieces that you think would be simple are often the most difficult to build.

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#5 posted 03-04-2010 06:11 AM

If every thing was easy every one would ….

-- Be safe.

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#6 posted 03-04-2010 06:28 AM

cool idea… think I might need one for near my hot tub… this looks like the perfect solution…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#7 posted 03-04-2010 06:31 AM

if anybody thinks about making one, let me know and I’ll post some of the “problems” I encountered. its not trivial to build….

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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RexMcKinnon

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#8 posted 03-04-2010 08:27 PM

Cool build. I would love to hear about some of the problems. Even if I don’t build one. The solution to one problem is often aplicable to other problems.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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moshel

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#9 posted 03-05-2010 01:59 PM

well, there were a few. I’ll try to list as many as I can remember.
The construction starts with turning a 2” cylinder and mounting a board into a slot grooved into it.
i drilled the hole through the cylinder before grooving – that was a mistake. the correct way of doing it would be to mount 2 square blocks at the ends of the cylinder and use them to make the grooving safer and more accurate. another thing about the grooving – it is better to cut the groove so you will have face gaing and not end grain for the glueup.

after gluing the board to the cylinder, you slice them into the individual racks. I tapered 2 sides of the rod (actually by mistake) but i think it adds to its look. now, when tapering there is the slight problem of tapering something that has a ring at the end and the ring face the WRONG way. if i had to do it again, I would probably take a 1.5” board, cut a groove in it to fit the ring and use it as the tapering sled.

for the towels in the other cylinder, i had problems with the forstener bit emerging from the other side and taking some of the wood with it. probably some tape would be enough to prevent this, or maybe drilling with 2mm drill first and trying to make the drill from both sides – does not look trivila, as it is round and there are good chances it will not meet properly.

Thats just from the top of my head.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#10 posted 03-05-2010 03:22 PM

would that be from your tapered head (LOL) ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Woodfix

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#11 posted 05-12-2010 12:27 PM

Like it alot. Cannot think of anywhere to put one here. An unfortunate side effect of Lumberjocks is you end up with more ideas than time to make them. I was looking through my sketch book the other day and I have only got around to making one thing from it so far.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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