My wife volunteers at the local art gallery and art center. They needed a way to display an artist’s table runners in their gift shop that would not require lots of floor space but would adequately display the textiles.

Although this rack was made specifically for 12” wide table runners, the construction methodology can be applied to other projects like a quilt rack or a CD rack.

The overall size of this project is 16” wide and 6’ tall. The footprint is 13 ½” deep and 16” wide. It is made from maple.

The construction  joinery is sliding dovetails and round mortises.

This project requires basic woodworking skills and access to woodworking machines. Woodworking machines have sharp cutting edges and are NOT forgiving. You should be properly trained  in the use of these machines. Ensure that you wear safety glasses and  hearing protection, use push sticks, hold-downs , clamps  and a cutting sled to cut the project parts safely.

On a scale of 1-10, 10 being very difficult, this project is a “3”. Cutting the sliding dovetails is the most difficult aspect of this project.

Materials Needed:
  • Approximately 8 linear feet of maple, 2” thick.
  • Approximately 8 linear feet of 1” thick maple, 8” wide.
  • Approximately 10 linear feet of  ¾” maple dowels.
  • 150 and 180 grit sandpaper and 0000 steel wool.
  • Yellow woodworkers glue
  • Lacquer or shellac in spray cans

Tools & Equipment Needed:
  • Table saw
  • Router table (straight and dovetail router bits)
  • 8” jointer
  • Planner or  flat bed drum sander
  • Block plane
  • Bar or pipe clamps

Step 1: Stock Preparation

Making the stock flat with square edges is critical for any woodworking project.

Rough cut the vertical pieces from 2” thick stock.  Ripping the rough sawn boards to the approximate width is best done on a band saw.

Rough cut the stock for the top and bottom stretchers and the foot braces. You should start with stock that is at least 1 ¼” thick. Cut all the pieces wider and longer than their finished sizes. These pieces will be 1” thick and vary in width from 2 ½” to  6 ½” wide.

After cutting the boards to their rough size, use a jointer to make one face of the boards flat.

Use a planner or a flat bed thickness sander to make the other side parallel.

Use a jointer to make the edges square to the faces. Check  for square with a adjustable or machinists square.

Size the posts to 1 ½” square and the other boards (stretchers and feet) to 1” thick.

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