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Forum topic by Ub1chris posted 10-16-2018 05:52 PM 350 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-16-2018 05:52 PM

My wife is a quilter and on one of our visits to a local shop she told the owner I was a woodworker. Turns out the owner is looking for someone to make quilt ladders for her to display quilts in her shop as well as to sell. Having no idea what a quilt ladder was, I said I’d put together a prototype and a price for her. She said she wanted the leaning type, not freestanding, and it turns out its basically a ladder. As far as wood selection, I’m thinking no softwoods because of the resin content. Maybe maple or poplar? Also not sure what finish if any to use, as I don’t want the quilts to be damaged by constant contact.

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#1 posted 10-16-2018 06:14 PM

They are really easy to make. 2, 5/4 uprights x 4” wide x 8’ + Most I’ve seen displayed in a normal home 8’ walls wedged them into the wall/ceiling crease, with a raked angle so it wasn’t trying to fall over. Measure out however many rungs she wants, and bore out 1” diameter holes for dowels. I used to get both 3’ and 4’ requests for width.

Maple is very good as the primary, and either cherry or walnut dowels. Poly works as a good topcoat, it dries hard, and once dry doesn’t come off, even with regular contact. Just make sure it’s dry when you give it to her.

Back when, both the Shaker and Mission floor racks were good sellers too

All of them were really easy money, the sewing centers were a bit of work, but paid a lot.

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