Portable drying rack

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Project by DLCW posted 07-31-2011 11:47 PM 11874 views 42 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As requested by several people after seeing my wall unit I posted here are pictures of the drying rack I use when spray finishing in my shop.

This drying rack design came from a colleague on another forum that I hang out on. I take no credit for the design.

The whole thing is made from a 32” x 32” MDO base with some casters attached. The stackable arms are made from 3/4” MDF and in my case I cut them on my CNC as I don’t have the patience to do this with a jig/band saw and a router template. Many people have made this rack using the jig/band saw and router template method so don’t think you need a CNC to cut all the parts. You can fit 28 arms per piece of 48×96 sheet of MDF. I’ve attached a couple of photos of the sheet layout.

The key to the whole rack is the interlocking arms that are tied together with the slots. These have to fit SNUGLY. If they don’t the drying rack will be very tippy and not very stable. You could put a heavy part on one side and the whole thing could tip over.

Each pair of arms can store 2 parts almost as wide as you want and up to about 20” deep. I’ve placed as many as 35 solid hickory raised panel cabinet doors on this rack for drying after spraying and had no problems. I’ve put bookshelf parts up to 5’ long and about 14” deep by 3/4” thick. It can hold parts up to about 1.25” thick.

If I’ve uploaded too many photos, I apologize to all.

If you have questions please feel free to contact me.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 11:50 PM

very nice I like it


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#2 posted 08-01-2011 01:10 AM

Now that is some space saving creativity.

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#3 posted 08-01-2011 01:36 AM

Great gadget. I love the fact that it is only as big as it needs to be and stashes away in a relatively small space.

Good one, whoever it is that designed it.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 08-01-2011 02:34 AM

Thanks for posting Don.

-- Scott in Texas

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#5 posted 08-01-2011 02:54 AM

Clever design there.

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#6 posted 08-01-2011 02:51 PM

Great Idea – Thanks for sharing

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#7 posted 08-01-2011 06:09 PM

I like it! Thx for sharing! Very cleaver idea…

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#8 posted 08-02-2011 03:08 AM

this is a great idea, i’ve been stacking 1×1s like this for a long time, making it locking and mobile is a great idea.

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#9 posted 08-03-2011 12:24 PM

Excellent idea and very useful post! Thanks!

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#10 posted 10-29-2011 03:09 AM

Great idea! thanks

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#11 posted 02-09-2013 07:15 PM

I could do that kit form of this drying rack if there was enough interest. I could cut all the cross members and they could come in packages of a size that was convenient for people. I could cut all the MDF slats and the purchaser could build the base so it fits their needs.

If people are interested, let me know and I will see what I could put together in a kit. The more demand the lower the price as I could go into a production mode for folks.

This system really is nice and works really well. The beauty is it disassembles and stores in a small amount of space for those with limited shop space. Even with my large shop I still take mine apart and store it under my tablesaw outfeed extension.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#12 posted 04-23-2013 08:21 PM

CessanaPilotBarry put it out awhile ago asking if someone could make these and offer a package.

I have done just that. You can order a pack (28 arms – 1 sheet of 3/4” MDF) that will support 28 of your parts for drying. The horizontal spacing between the arms is ~10.5”. The vertical spacing between arms is ~2.5”. The package does not include the base you would need to mount it to. This is normally a piece of plywood with some casters on it to roll it around where you need. It arms assemble and disassemble very easily and store in a small amount of space.

The price includes all material, shipping supplies, CNC time, labor to round over all the edges and packing them for shipping. The only thing not included in the price is the actual shipping amount. This is calculated on an order by order basis as each destination is going to be a little bit different. Unlike most companies, I do NOT make shipping a profit center and make huge $$$ from it. I charge exactly what the shipping company (USPS) charges me.

The package cost is $160. It will ship in two boxes measuring 48” long by 6” high by 6” wide. The boxes weight about 22lbs each. My ship from zip code is 99156 if you want to calculate the shipping yourself. I normally ship via USPS as UPS in my area tends to damage everything they touch.

Contact me directly to place an order: [email protected]

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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