Drying Rack

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Project by kocgolf posted 09-09-2013 03:18 PM 5150 views 115 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a nice drying rack that mounts to the wall and retracts flat. Something to clean up the look of our laundry room that doubles as an office. She found one in a high end furniture catalog that I can’t remember the name of, but they wanted something like $400 for something similar to this. I went a little overboard and hand cut all sorts of joinery for it just to practice the skills needed for higher end stuff. I’m relatively new to woodworking, or at least “quality” woodworking. Most of my stuff ends up being painted pine, but I’m transitioning and trying to use “best practices” so that when the nicer pieces start rolling off the assembly line, it will be done correctly and not need to be hidden by putty and paint!

Anyway, she loves it! And so do I as I do a fair amount of laundry as well, and live in the office at home.

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 09-09-2013 03:36 PM

A neat solution for a perennial problem!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 09-09-2013 04:22 PM

My wife would love one of these. Looks really awesome, favorited so I can copy when we get our new house!

-- If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed. - Ecclesiastes 10:10

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#3 posted 09-09-2013 07:57 PM

That looks great. I had been thinking of something like that but could not get it designed in my mind. You did a fantastic job.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#4 posted 09-09-2013 07:58 PM

Good looking piece.

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Joe Weaver

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#5 posted 09-09-2013 08:37 PM

real nice job

-- Joe, Ga

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#6 posted 09-09-2013 09:35 PM

Fantastic idea and well made : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 09-09-2013 10:04 PM

Thanks guys! I had a fun time doing it and it is really rewarding to do something so useful. Everyone in our families wants one now. I would do them with a little less heirloom quaility joinery next time I think:)

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Lynn Bradford.

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#8 posted 09-09-2013 10:43 PM

What did you use to hold the frame in the open position? In the picture, it looks to be leather shoe laces painted white! Very nice project. I too had been thinking about doing something like this for the wife. I help her out with the laundry, and that would be real handy drying. Great job. I love the clean look the white gives it.

-- Lynn Bradford | Indiana | A poor excuse is better than none.

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#9 posted 09-09-2013 11:11 PM

I simply love it.
That is one heck of a good idea.
And a fine job you have done there.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 09-10-2013 01:36 AM

Seriously a great idea! Awesome work too it looks pro. My wife would love one of those!


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#11 posted 09-10-2013 02:10 AM

This is awesome. Love it. I have never seen anything like this but Im like you, aint paying $400 for something that we can make ourselves and prolly alot better quality too.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 09-10-2013 02:11 AM

It is held open with cotton strapping, a type of stronger ribbon. Wife is a craft sewer and has all that stuff. It’s held simply with white plastic washers over screws. Seems plenty stable to me and tucks nicely behind when closed in the up position.

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#13 posted 09-10-2013 09:26 AM

Great idea and well done. looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 09-10-2013 11:49 AM

Yours looks like it came from the catalog but will last a very long time. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#15 posted 09-10-2013 11:56 AM

Nice design….. I need to make one for each daughters room

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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