Dog Leash Rack

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Project by MountainMan63 posted 12-29-2018 06:56 AM 695 views 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine has 3 dogs at her place. She needed a way to organize their leashes & harnesses. So, I came up with this “brilliant” idea to make a “rack” for her to hang off of until ready for their walks. So, let’s begin with the how-to’s & how-nots to make this rack.

2” Poplar Dowel Rod, 1/2” Poplar dowel Rods, Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, Elmer’s Wood Glue, Drillpress, 80 Grit Sandpaper, 150 Grit Emery Cloth, Black and Decker Palm Sander, 1/2” Forstner Drill Bit, Table saw, Varathane Triple Thick Clear Gloss Polyurethane. Router with Keyhole Bit.
I will describe the how-to steps I used to make this surprise gift for a friend, later today.

1.) I took the 2”X48” Poplar dowel rod & cut a 12” section off of it, then with that piece I cut off approximately 1/2” slice off of it so that it would be more stable against the wall when a dog leash or coat is placed on it.

2.) I put it on my drill press & drilled 7 1/2” holes into it at a 40° angle using a 1/2” forstner bit.

3.) Sanded it down with 80 grit to 220 grit sandpaper.

4.) Next, I cut down 3 1/2”x12” dowel rods into 3” long pieces.

5.) I chucked these pegs into my drill press as if they were a drill bit. Turned my drill press on & as the peg was spinning I started rounding the exposed end with 80grit sandpaper (To speed up the process of rounding over the sharp edges), then to make it smooth I put a 150grit Emery cloth to it. This was done to round off the one end of the peg. This way if it was used as a coat rack, the coat wouldn’t be placed on a sharp edged surface.

6.) Now I put some Minwax Pre-stain Wood Conditioner on them before putting all together & applying polyurethane on for the finish.

7.) At this point I secured the main body & used my hand/trim router with a keyhole bit to make the mounting slots in the backside, prior to chiseling out (countersinking) around the slot for the metal that covers keyhole slots.

8.)Now, it’s time to put it all together. I used Elmer’s Wood glue to secure the pegs into the 1/2” angled holes.

9.) Once it’s dry, it’s time to put the polyurethane on it to finish the project/gift.

PS. My apologies for the pictures of this not showing at the correct orientation of the finished product. I’ve tried rotating the photos in all different directions to fix it, but that hasn’t worked, LOL!

-- “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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