Scissors Clothes Drying Rack

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-20-2013 05:07 PM 4604 views 10 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another Honey-Do completed. My wife saw this smaller scissors rack at an Amish store and it had an open front and fancy side panels. She said “I’d like one of those for the trailer in Arizona to put outside under the covered area. Can you make one??” Oh, of course!!!!

To have one out in the desert where it is dusty, it needs to be enclosed or the clothes will be dirtier after you hang them on the rack!! So that is the way I designed it. Not so fancy but fully enclosed.

I started with the scissors made from some old maple legs the shop instructor dropped off at my house to get them out of his truck. I used 6’ long 3/4” dowels and turned all the ends to 5/8”. 4 dowels gave me 12 rungs.

Then I designed a box to hold them . It is made from 5/8” maple plywood with lock mitered corners.
I was stuck for a while on the type of door(s) and latch. I decided on a sliding door because I think it will seal better and is quite simple to make. It is 1/2” maple plywood left over from a job years ago.

The case will be mounted at shoulder height so there was plenty of room for the door to drop. It has a maple stop rail on the inside top of the door that is screwed and doweled to the door. It was the last thing to assemble. That is why I left the back open, but I actually could get at it opened and with the the rack raised up!!

The handle is mesquite and has a spring loaded brass plunger in it to keep the door up when closed. The plunger fits in a brass ring in the door to prevent wear on the wood.

I added some 1/4- 20 T nuts to the scissors hanging blocks so I could put bolts across the top of the rack to keep it from coming out. That was sure over kill!!!!!!! you’ll need a wrench to remove the scissors anyway!.

The case is 8” x 26 1/4” wide x 23 1/3” high. The scissors has 12 long arms, 4 short arms and is 23 3/4” wide and it extends out to 62” if needed.
The back is pocket screwed and glued in place. There are no mounting holes in it because I don’t know what it will be mounted to yet.

It is finished with clear satin lacquer and I used the last drop in the can on this project!

This whole thing cost me almost nothing. I just bought the 6’ dowels recently but all the rest of the stuff was laying around the shop. The only thing that matters is that carol likes it!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 08-20-2013 05:13 PM

That is a pretty slick idea for a clothes rack. Nicely done.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 08-20-2013 05:43 PM

That is quite the design, nice job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#3 posted 08-20-2013 05:52 PM

that is a great job jim, i bet you could sell those to others in arizona..get with paul, he could do a beautiful design on the front of the doors…custom for each person, like there beloved pet or something like that, im sure your wife will enjoy this..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 08-20-2013 05:59 PM


That’s the Fanciest, COOLEST, & Nicest clothes Line I ever did see!

Sure beats stringing a line between trees and trailer, etc. for a clothes line!
... especially in AZ where it’s HOT (dry HOT) to dry clothes FAST!

Nice job of designing the dowel network so it collapses & expands nicely!!

Great work as usual!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 08-20-2013 06:34 PM

Jim, this is one project I am NOT going to show to my wife LOL!! You do good work!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 08-20-2013 06:36 PM

Pretty fancy design for a clothes rack, but well worth the effort to make your wife a happy woman! That should certainly do the job in Arizona. Nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 08-20-2013 07:28 PM

oh thats just too cool Jim…. that would be great for someone living in a small apartment as well. Never heard of it getting dusty in the Sonoran Desert though….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#8 posted 08-20-2013 09:23 PM

Great job Jim.
I was wondering why you signed the back & branded the arms, and then it hit me after I read Grizz’s comment. That’s good advertisement for obtaining orders for more !
It looks like it will hold a lot of clothes and work fine !

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#9 posted 08-20-2013 09:24 PM

Very innovative build Jim
I remember the days that all our cloth where dried on the line ,much better smelling then in the dryer .

-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 08-20-2013 11:16 PM

You must be in sweet at home Jim. Nice work mate, who is the cleverest, the Amish or you for improving on the product? Agree with Grizzman there could be a good market for customised cabinets.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#11 posted 08-20-2013 11:30 PM

Thanks, Guys! I think that is the last product I have to make to take West. Now I can play in the shop!!

Eric, I had the branding iron out and just went to town with it! They will sure know who mad this one!!!!!!!!

Buster, it sure gets dusty out in the desert when the wind picks up all that dry dust off the desert floor. Some times we can’t see across the park for the cloud of dust. A few year ago there was such a cloud covering I-8 coming out of Yuma that there was an 80 car pile up. Two years ago a guy was following his daughter up I-10 right by Casa Grande and a big dust storm came up and he ran into her and killed her. Phoenix gets big dust storms every year and they make the front page of the paper!.
Dust storms and flash floods are a terror in the desert!.

Bob,I’ll bet some people will want them but I’ll have to pass on production! I like one of a kind stuff! They can copy it all they want!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 08-21-2013 12:09 AM

Such a cool project Jim, wow basically 2’ x 2’ x 8” that is a compact, practical, fit for purpose unit mate, Quite a smart bunch those Amish, my wife loves some of their quilting & has copied a few.
Bet you’re “all sweet” on the home front :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 08-21-2013 12:22 AM

That is amazing Jim…never seen anything like that….awesome job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#14 posted 08-21-2013 12:37 AM

This is a nice solution executed very well. I’m going to favourite this one! Thanks for posting it.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#15 posted 08-21-2013 12:53 AM

One amaziing project Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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