Afghan Rack

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Project by drirot posted 09-11-2010 03:41 PM 2753 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My cousins husband had died, and he was an avid scroll sawyer, and he had made the panels. She had given me a bunch of his things, and the panels sat around for maybe a year, and I could never find a project to use them with. One day she had asked me to make her an afghan rack to hold an afghan the she had just finished. I thought about a design and decided that this would be an ideal time to use those panel, and this is what I came up with.

The uprights are hollow consisting of 1/2” quarter sawn white oak, and slide onto to the base with 1 1/2” square peg that slip into the verticals and mortise into the base. Very secure, basically creating a mortise and tenon joint. and exposing the ray flakes in the white oak.

The top caps are cut from the 3” red oak and have a tenon that attaches them to the uprights.

The feet are made from 3” red oak/

The panels are mounted were mounted to 2 (1/2”x1/2”) rails that make the panels look like they are floating.

The some of horizontals were also made up like the uprights.

Finished it with and Oil based poly.

The project came together as if the panels were originally intended to be used this way, and here afghan looks very nice laying across it.

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#1 posted 09-11-2010 03:47 PM

What a lovely gesture for your cousin! And this afghan rack is a something that she will use and display, and one that will proivde a sweet and constant reminder of her husband. Absolutely lovely.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 09-11-2010 03:56 PM

That is just so cool. Thanks for sharing, Super job

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#3 posted 09-11-2010 05:03 PM

Awsome Job! Love the scroll work and how you put every thing together.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#4 posted 09-11-2010 05:30 PM

Very nice! Original, great looking and a story to go with it – what more could you ask for?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 09-11-2010 05:31 PM

Great vehicle for display of those fine scrollsawn panels. Thanks for all the construction details.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#6 posted 09-11-2010 05:47 PM

Beautiful work and craftsmanship. Really liked the story.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 09-11-2010 05:48 PM

What a wonderful way to use her husbands panels. Outstanding design and idea. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 09-11-2010 06:00 PM

What a beautiful piece. What a beautiful gesture of kindness.

-- Randon Riegsecker,

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#9 posted 09-11-2010 06:08 PM

Great job a wonderful tribute to a great scroll sawer


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#10 posted 09-11-2010 07:49 PM


-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#11 posted 09-11-2010 09:53 PM

Very Cool! Please post close ups of the panels.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#12 posted 09-11-2010 11:47 PM

Sad to say that this is the only picture I have. Maybe in the future I can take some others, but we don’t get to see my cousin very often. I do regret that I didn’t take more pictures of it.

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#13 posted 09-12-2010 05:00 AM

Your design really shows off those beautiful panels! Your cousin has to be truly delighted.

Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 09-12-2010 01:36 PM

That’s superb.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#15 posted 09-13-2010 02:14 AM

Pretty schweeeet stuff there, bub. A fine humane gesture too.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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