Cooling racks

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Project by mtnwild posted 03-23-2012 08:24 PM 5524 views 39 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I first posted this project type over four years ago and as far as I know I’m the only one in the world making these. As far as I know.
They are not real easy for me to make, even now after so many. But well worth the smiles and enjoyment they bring. My friends love them.
I made a dedicated jig, trying to simplify the process. It helps sooo much. I’m trying to get it so that I don’t spend so much time on each one. I only average about two a day. Not really high production. But I’m using scrap pieces and it takes some time to get each piece a uniform size before I can cut to fit. If I found some bulk stock, evenly cut to start, that would save lots of time. Oh well….....
The scrap pieces I make into coasters, got a feeling they might be the most popular…......

I think these could be a big money maker at the craft shows. Just have to get them cost effective…........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#1 posted 03-23-2012 09:42 PM

Hi Jack! I can see why your friends like them…they’re really cool. My wife (looking over my shoulder) thinks they would be used to cool cooked things like pies, bread, etc. And I can see that they would be commercially viable, probably a hot seller. Maybe eBay? Until a year ago I had little experience selling on eBay but I’ve been having good luck the last year selling my spurtles, muddlers and walking sticks. (Check it out if you want: just go to eBay and search STEPHEN MINES or SALTMINES or STUDIO WOOD PRODUCTS, and follow the bread crumbs (links) to my lair.) The moderate success was kind of a shock…have averaged $500 to $1,000 a mounth (!) bucks sorely needed…just passing on info. Keep on keepin’ on Jack, you make great stuff!

-- Stephen Mines ([email protected])

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 10:09 PM

Great looking racks.
What do you finish them with? Mineral oil?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 10:12 PM

Thanks Stephen….......

Right now I’m using them for their gift value. I don’t have to look for that special gift. I just open the box and pull one out. Saves money that way.

I just can’t seem to get into the computer thing yet. Just check out lumberjocks, that’s about it. I need someone to work with on that but…..................

Thanks SAS, I use butcher block oil….................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 03-23-2012 10:14 PM

They are gorgeous, Especially the elevated ones. I can see one sitting on my kitchen counter. I agree, you may be the only one, until now. ;)

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#5 posted 03-23-2012 10:20 PM

Thanks John, That’s what I thought four years ago…...............;)...................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 03-24-2012 01:10 AM

Jack….I made a few of those about 10 yrs ago by hand and with some pretty primitive tools. Yes, they are a lot of work but they do stay around for a long time and are very useful. Mine weren’t as good looking as yours but they were “ok”....I think I’ve still got one hanging around somewhere….

Good idea with the jig…they’ll be a lot squarer than mine ever were! Unless you can mass produce them, they’ll never be commercially viable….but they still make awesome presents!


-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#7 posted 03-24-2012 03:20 AM

These are wonderful! The slats are quite tedious to make because of all the detail in the notches and sanding and finishing all four sides, but the results are beautiful. I would definately treasure one and bake you a couple of tasty cakes at that!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 03-24-2012 03:24 AM

Very nice work and I take it they are for letting bread cool .


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 03-24-2012 03:53 AM

Thanks Prez…........

Thanks Meilie….....I don’t have to sand all sides. I plane a stock piece on four sides then cut down the middle to make two pieces at a time. Only have to sand, lightly, one side of each.

Thanks kiefer, yes they were made initially for a friends parents that baked lots of bread and wanted a cooling, cutting board. Worked out real good for them and others.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 03-24-2012 04:50 AM

I really like those. I can see they would take time to build, but the outcome is worth the time.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 03-24-2012 05:23 AM

Very nice! And I like your sled or jig, kind of like a box joint jig. I was thinking of making some of these from (my favorite) IPE as it won’t burn (they say, hey I should confirm that) then it could be used for high heat pots too. Not that you wood ;) I see a drop of epoxy at the base of the half lap joint should keep it together or just super tight joints? Anyway another favorite, Thanks!

-- $tudie

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#12 posted 03-24-2012 07:06 AM

Cooling racks, I don’t get it and I do…For cooling baked goods? Is this your original idea or has this been around for awhile?? I am 53 years old and have never seen this, but I’d like to know more about it use and why it is a good thing???? As you can see I have not spent much time in the Kitchen. I like the project and wold like to know what people are using them for. I have a huge rack of thins and x-mas is just around the corner :)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 03-24-2012 11:50 AM

Those are great and nice job on the jig. I added them to my favorites I have plenty of scraps.

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#14 posted 03-24-2012 11:56 AM

Do you make these the same way you would make egg crate drawer dividers? I have done many of those, but never thought about cooling racks. Great idea.

-- Wood glue residue doesn't take a stain well.

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#15 posted 03-24-2012 12:39 PM

Elegant as well as practical. Nice one, Jack.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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