Grandma's Cross Quilt Rack

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Project by Tim Kindrick posted 05-30-2011 02:23 AM 2412 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year(2010) I designed and built this quilt rack for my very religious 95 year old grandmother. The entire thing is made with white ash but the base was stained with a dark walnut so that the cross would stand out more. I made the through dowels out of some black walnut scraps. The cross also has beaded edges that I painted gold before finishing the entire piece with several coats of lacquer.

One of the pictures was taken during the dry fit. I didn’t like the square corners so I “clipped” them so they wouldn’t catch her quilts when she pulled them off. It was very tricky cutting them because the half-lapped cross was already glued. I ended up marking them and using a recip. saw to make the cuts.

As far the joints: The “posts” on the base are motise and tenon but everything else is either dowels or thru-dowels.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 02:51 AM

Great work, I have a sister that makes quilts and this would make a great gift .Could you post the dimensions?

-- Roger, Jasper Tn.

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 03:06 AM

Sorry, the exact dimensions and/or plans that I made this from have been misplaced. I recently tried to find them so I could make one for my mother. I’ll have to start from scratch but I’m pretty good at the drafting table so I will have something drawn up in a couple of weeks.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#3 posted 06-24-2011 04:44 AM

Great job Tim. I’m sure your grandmother is so proud, she shows it to all her visitors. And the cross… very nice, beautiful and personal touch for your grandmother. Ash is a nice wood to work with (looks like oak but the grain is not open like oak). Funny how your terrible accident has shown you the way to a new profession…

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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