Hefty Laundry Drying Rack

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Project by Lee Barker posted 12-06-2012 05:58 PM 2013 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The basic material is 18mm Baltic Birch Ply. The dowels I purchased on eBay: Prefinished (barely) legs for survey transits. Some had a few black stains on them but they were readily made nice.

The dowels are 7/8 diameter. Open, the rack measures 36×17 x 65 inches. Closed, 23×36 x 9.

The ply parts must be dead solid identical. I bandsawed them large and flush trimmed them to a template. The holes are equally critical in layout. I used a trap on the drill press and drilled them from both sides to avoid blowout on the backside.

Then it got interesting! Some of the dowels must rotate freely in the ply, others must be pinned. I used 3/16 dowels for pinning them.

The feet are milled from a polyethylene cutting board, purchased used at a thrift store.

Overall I am very pleased with the design and function, though sometimes I wish it were one sock wider.

If I were doing it again, I’d consider square stock (eased) instead of dowels, with round tenons on the ends. It would be considerably less expensive. Maple would be a good choice, or cherry.

This project will put you significantly closer to your Master’s Degree in Laundrification.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 12-06-2012 07:44 PM

Really nice, I like it.

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 08:06 PM

Good looking project – well done

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#3 posted 12-06-2012 09:18 PM

Something very useful. Neat work.

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#4 posted 12-06-2012 10:02 PM

Very nice, I need to make one of these. Good idea.

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#5 posted 12-06-2012 10:17 PM


-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 12-07-2012 02:30 AM

Super sweet, especially for the frugal

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 12-07-2012 03:47 PM

Nice work Lee! We have a cheap laundry rack at home that drives me crazy, yours looks like it would stand up to some serious drying…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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