Hi all, long time no see.
I haven't been doing much lately due to my health issues. But I'm fighting it as best I can.
A couple weeks ago my friend that owns a skateboard pro shop in town asked me if I could build him a new free standing rack for their long boards. I decided that I was up for the challenge. He said there was no rush, but he wanted it to be nice and look like a piece of furniture. At first we talked about me building a roughly 6" square box by about 7' high. But a couple days later he said that he was looking at those 8' round fluted wooden porch columns at the BORG. It sounded like a great idea and I had to come up with some way to build a nice stable base for it as well as dress it up a bit. We picked up the post and a preformed base and capital trim set and I got to work. I used some nice carved crown molding and attached it to the base and the capital. Then I built up a very stout 30" square buy 2" thick base. It is very stable just as is, but in the under side of the base, I have allowed room for me to install three 16" square pieces of 1/8" steel.
I built a jig so that I could use a circular saw to cut the slots and they'd be uniform. Once the slots were all cut, I used a 3/4" forstner bit at the end of each cut and lined it up so that it gave me a nice rounded end to the slot. It all worked very well. When I had all of the slots cut, I use my Harbor Freight 1/2" belt sander to get in there and clean up each slot. The came out beautifully. I just have to let the stain dry, then I'll put on a little satin clear and it's ready to go. It will hold 29 boards. I can't wait to see it in use!