Quilt Rack - African Mahogany

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Project by WhattheChuck posted 07-06-2018 04:20 AM 1263 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quilt rack—made for my office admin. as a retirement present. She’s a quilter, and this rack is sized (32”x 34” tall) to store two throw-size quilts. It’s not big enough for a full bed quilt display.

I made it out of what I call ‘dead man’s mahogany’—wood I purchased from someone’s estate. I don’t believe in buying virgin tropical woods, but am fundamentally a pragmatist—if I find it in someone’s basement, I’m no purist. It’s officially African Khaya, and I basically made this from leftovers from some of my earlier projects.

This took about 16 hrs. to make—I did work on making it special by using through, wedged tenons, instead of just reverting to simpler joinery. I think it’s a pretty nice gift, and relatively low-cost. So there’s that!

The one lesson I did learn (I built this kind of organically, from no plan, and after looking at a couple of examples on the Internet) is that there are defined quilt sizes. It’s better to start with that knowledge. And it’s Google-able. Here’s a link for those that think this might make a nice gift for the quilter in their life!


-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#1 posted 07-06-2018 07:02 AM


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#2 posted 07-06-2018 08:04 AM

This is ore complicated than it looks. Really well done!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 07-06-2018 11:41 AM

The wedged tenons are a nice subtle touch. The whole piece is simple, clean and minimal which makes it even more challenging since you can’t hide mistakes. I like the look.

I haven’t heard “Google-able” before but it aptly describes using Google.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 07-06-2018 04:02 PM

This is a beautiful quilt rack and the wood is wonderful.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 07-06-2018 06:31 PM

Thanks for the encouragement, peeps! Jerry—it kinda grew organically out of my scrap pile. I think I could have gotten the construction time down by about 50% if I had a plan. Earl—I did the wedged tenon thing because I thought it would add a little visual interest and distinguish from a store-bought product. I think I succeeded. I pondered ‘Greene and Greene’-ing it up and putting little black ebony pegs (I bought one of those square peg hole maker thing-ys from Lee Valley) but got lazy, and wanted to get back to finishing up this Queen Anne Lowboy I’ve been working on for about 10 years! I’m pretty sure that it’s strong enough to survive anything but a nuclear strike.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#6 posted 07-06-2018 10:10 PM

It’s really great; a super gift for a quilter.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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