Scarf Rack

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Project by scoobydooo9r posted 02-26-2014 07:57 AM 1551 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A little side project for my wife. She hand makes these “infinity chain” scarves and sells them on etsy. Her inventory was all over the place, so she wanted me to build a rack to hold them on. This is what I came up with, simple, but decent looking. I have a ton of cedar, so I used a chunk of it for the base/back. The posts are just made out of dowel rod I had laying around.

Projects like these are super quick and easy, nice change of pace sometimes. Finished it with some spray shellac. I actually made two of them, but the other looks the same.

The only sorta tricky part to this was drilling the holes on an angle. It’s not that tricky or tough, but I thought I’d share how I decided to do it. I used the drill press and just built a little angled base out of plywood that the entire piece sat on on top of the drill press table. I think it was about 30 degrees or so. Clamped it down and did the drilling with a forstner bit.

The thing I like about cedar is also the thing I dislike about it… it’s super soft. There is no sanding through the grits. You can pretty much start with 220 and finish there as long as there is no major rough areas. Otherwise, I would start with 180 or so.

I bought half a cedar tree from a guy, and have tons of it. It had never crossed my mind to use cedar for anything, but I actually like it a lot. Looks pretty good finished, but don’t stare at it too long, you might dent it!

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 11:31 AM

Cedar is fine for what she is doing. Western cedar tends to be overlooked for anything except can be a very beautiful wood as well. Nice job sir. (Always good to keep the wife happy).

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-27-2014 05:59 AM

Thanks Monte, you’re absolutely right, as long as she’s happy we’re all happy! I’m pretty excited about that cedar, I got the opportunity to buy a bunch of wood from a guy who used to build rustic furniture. Got an entire tree of blue pine, four giant slabs of ash plus some smaller lengths, and half a cedar tree for just about nothing!

The only problem I had was what in the world I would use it for. I knew the ash would definitely have a use at some point, but the other two were a mystery when I bought it, but the price was so right I figured I would just find something to do with it! I’ve used the cedar for quite a few things now, and it always amazes me how great it looks finished.

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 03:29 PM

A great looking and functional build. Like the design, holds many scarves that I’m sure your wife loves. Great work!

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#4 posted 03-04-2014 07:26 PM

Thanks Fishinbo, it was one of those get it done quick with what ya got! It’s another project that I used cedar on (since I have a half a ton of it). It’s always nice to be able to come up with a design quickly and get it done just as fast.

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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