Build a Quilt Rack
Hosts Pat Simpson and Jodi Marks give instructions on how to build a rack for displaying quilts.
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Materials and Tools:
quilt rack plan
drill with screwdriver bit and countersinking bit
wood plugs (buttons)
1. The plans used in this episode called for two 1x8s as vertical uprights cut to 32 inches. You'll also need four horizontal cross members consisting of 1x2s cut to 26 inches and two horizontal base feet made from 1x2s cut to 10 inches. Wear a dust mask and safety glasses when using power saws.
2. Use the top of a bucket to scribe the curve for the rounded top of the uprights. Use a band saw to cut out the rounded ends of the uprights. The band saw is the ideal tool for cutting curves, just be sure your blade is sharp. The band saw uses a thin blade so make sure you don’t turn the wood too sharply or the blade could break.
3. Trim the edges of the horizontal feet with a miter saw. The angles should slant toward each other at the top of each foot. After the cuts are made use a belt sander to smooth out any saw marks on each wood piece and to shape the curved edges of the wood pieces. Wear safety glasses and a dust mask when working with the belt sander.
4. Use a square to find the center and then mark location of the pilot holes for the recessed screws. Mark the holes at the top and bottom to hold the top cross member and the bottom brace.
5. Drill pockets 1/4-inch deep with a countersinking bit, then use a 1/8-inch bit to drill through the center of the pockets for the screws.
6. Pre-drill holes into the ends of the cross members on-center and attach cross members to one of the stiles. Drive screws into the pilot holes to secure. Repeat the procedure on the other stile.
7. After installing the cross members, drive in screws to attach the feet. Conceal the screw holes with wood plugs glued into the recesses.
8. Stir the polyurethane well then apply using a quality paintbrush. It may have a milky appearance at first but will dry to a clear finish. Make sure you apply it going with the grain of the wood.
9. After the first coat dries, lightly sand the piece then apply a second finishing coat.
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