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Earlier this year, some time around late winter, my wife asked me to build a wall rack to hold her numerous collection of thread spools. With each spool, she wanted to place a matching threaded bobbin. Right now she has them in plastic drawers, which has been a pain for her to go through when she needs thread for a project. I put it at the top of my bucket list of projects, but somehow it got pushed down low over the months. A week or so ago I was looking for something to make for her upcoming birthday. Then I remembered I had already promised this and it seemed like a project I could finish in time. I finished it today, one day late, but thankfully she doesn't mind the delay.

The rack measures 32" wide by 24" high, a rounded down measurement that fit within the space the rack had to fit in, and is primarily made of reclaimed lumber and pallets. The frame and spool shelves are pine, while the French cleat top and bottom, as well as the shelf back at the bottom, are made of oak. Five-sixteenths inch store bought dowels were used to hold the spools. One coat of Watco Danish oil (walnut stain) made up the finish.





Although this was a simple project, a lot of time was spend around the dowels: drilling the holes and rounding the ends. If I were to make more of these I would make up a jig to round the working ends instead of hand sanding each one. I hand brushed the oil on each shelf, then hung them from a dungeon floor joist overhead by one end screw. Again, if doing more of these I would make a rack to hang the shelves from and spray the oil on to save time. That might be happening in the near future, as this rack only holds 120 spools and she has a few hundred in various sizes. Ah well. The bucket list grows.

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Great project. I love it. I made a small one for my wife and then shortly I had to make another one.

You'll love it too!

Cheers, Jim
 

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Nice WORK ! I am too smart to show this to my wife!

If it ere not for the damned "bucket-list" some of us would probably KICK-IT!
 

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Great project. I love it. I made a small one for my wife and then shortly I had to make another one.

You ll love it too!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh
Thanks, Jim. I'm sure I will be making at least one more, about half the size, for her to put the wood spools she inherited from her grandmother. Having less holes to drill will make that one a little more fun. ;)

Have you posted pics of what you made for your wife? If not here, let me know where. I would like to see how you made yours.
 

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Nice WORK ! I am too smart to show this to my wife!

If it ere not for the damned "bucket-list" some of us would probably KICK-IT!

- ralbuck
Hahah, RJ. Thanks. Yeah, some of us learn not to incite riot. Mine may yet be the cause for kicking it. ;)
 

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Very well organized! Looks nice too.
 

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I am not letting my wife see this Paul. LOL!! Very nicely done.
 

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Very well organized! Looks nice too.

- majuvla
Thanks, Ivan. I wasn't sure in measuring what to use for spacing between the dowels. The wife thinks it's perfect, so I guess I guessed right this time. She populated the entire rack, including the bottom shelf and some of the top last night. She's happy to get some of her storage units cleaned out.
 

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I am not letting my wife see this Paul. LOL!! Very nicely done.

- luv2learn
Heh. I don't blame you one bit! :) Thanks, Lee.
 

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Paul,
Nice practical rack.
You have to go a wee bit Zen-like with so many repeat components/procedures.
But I see right through your strategy.
Keep the Wife Happy/Busy/Creative and get more workshop time.
OOPS !!!! Did I say that out loud DOH.
Cheers, Jinky (James).
 

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Paul,
Nice practical rack.
Thanks, Jinky.

You have to go a wee bit Zen-like with so many repeat components/procedures.
Yeah, you are so right. The problem is the dungeon workshop is such a mess. I am literally spending 2/3 of my time looking for things and space to actually work in is so tight. The past few days I have made some major changes and the space is opening up. Soon I will have cut back the arachnid jungle and will be able to spread out. I will be posting pics later on with the progression. I want my middle name to be "Zen-like". :D

But I see right through your strategy.
Keep the Wife Happy/Busy/Creative and get more workshop time.
OOPS !!!! Did I say that out loud DOH.
Heh-heh. Of course! Figured out by someone who understands how the world turns. :D

Thanks, Jinky. :)

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Very nice area for the many, many different threads

- Roger
Thanks, Roger. The wife's happy with it. When she's happy, I can be happy. ;)
 
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