Rug Hanger

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Project by Kevin_S posted 06-26-2012 04:16 AM 7188 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this rug hanger to display the small rug you see here. The hanger is two pieces of maple with a rabbet in the back piece to hold the rug. I took inspiration from the design in the rug to use as elements in the hanger like the angled cut ends and the repeated pattern. There is also a strip of velcro (the “hook” side) glued into the rabbet to help hold the rug.
The finish is sprayed shellac with a polyurethane top coat. The first few coats of shellac were clear, then a layer tinted golden brown. The reddish brown “bowties” are also sprayed shellac. I masked the piece with tape, then used a template I made to cut out the shapes.
I had found some advice online that warned against using rug hangers that simply pinch the rug since these can leave a permanent crease. They advised the use of velcro which I did here, although the depth of the rabbet is designed to just slightly press the rug for added security.
The rug is a family heirloom that I inherited when my grandmother passed away. I don’t know if it’s a true Navajo rug, but I was told that my grandparents got it when they traveled through the Southwest in the 1930s. It has been stored away for many years, but I like it much better on my wall now and I think of my grandmother when I see it.

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#1 posted 06-26-2012 05:25 AM

The simple things in life are usually the most important, your artistic touch on the hanger is subtle and adds to the whole. Well done!
I noticed in the background of the entertainment shelf a really cool dresser did you do that too?

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#2 posted 06-26-2012 12:01 PM

Very nice job!

How did you accomplish those triangular inlays so well?


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#3 posted 06-29-2012 01:12 AM

Exelectrician, the dresser in the background is purchased. I haven’t tackled a piece with doors and drawers like that yet. But I will get there eventually.

KnotCurser, the triangles aren’t actual inlay. They’re painted on with tinted shellac. I’m not sure if the picture shows it well, but you might be able to see through the color to the grain that is the giveaway it’s not inlay.

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