Wall Mounted Quilt Rack

glenn bradley

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A friend's sister does quilting. We talked about a rack back when I didn't have the shop finished and I completely forgot. Time to catch up.
Got the required specs from her and got approval on design number 4.
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As always wood selection comes first. Like many materials, cherry comes in a variety of colors and figures. I found a couple of similar looking boards that will yield the parts.
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Rough blanks.
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I milled to thickness and general size. The shape of the end brackets will let me cut around some pitch pockets in these blanks.
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I rough the shape out at the bandsaw. Clean it up a bit with some rasps and cut the bottom of the rail notch like you would dovetail waste.
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This gets me here.
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I have done a lot of Greene and Greene stuff. During that journey I picked up one of these double round overs. I find the 1/8" and 3/16" radius cutters handle most of what I need.
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The bit comes with a variety of washer/spacers that allow setting for your material thickness.
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I use a bit of scrap to set the height and keep the leftover washers in a bag that fits in the tackle box cubby assigned to this bit.
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The purpose of the bit is to allow you to round both sides at once while always routing down hill. If you've seen much G&G style stuff you get why this is helpful. At any rate, I end up here. If you've ever wondered what you would do with a parrot vise, this is one thing. A little hand work and I end up here.
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More to come.
 

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I've made several quilt holders
Always use cherry but no where as fancy as yours
I keep the template for the walls so I can put one together if I want to make a quick project
Your design is much nicer but above my skill level

I believe I took a picture of Amish made hangers and just copied
 

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glenn bradley

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Nice ones Allen. Yours are essentially the same and seeing your work I do not believe mine are above your skill level at all. I just had a few "gotta haves" from the client. I did make a hardboard template for the side/bar supports so I too can make others more quickly in the future. It is getting this thing shipped to Arizona that will be the stumbling block if anything.

Here's a dry fit shot, still in the rough.

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Great looking project, Glenn!

When I saw your post, it reminded me of the first project I ever made with something besides inexpensive pine: a wall mounted quilt hanger. As soon as I started milling cherry rather than pine, I never went back!
 

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glenn bradley

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When doing long fair curves I find it best to bandsaw and rasp one, then use that to make a template, and do the other end using this template.
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I happen to have a domino. Otherwise I wold probably have done this as a stopped groove with a spline.
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I had to make a couple hundred mile drive this morning so I am done early for the day. I'll pick it up tomorrow.
 

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this post reminds me of when LOML and I were still fairly newly weds. and LOML came out to my shop and asked me if I could make her a quilt rack and I said sure, what's a quilt rack. So after researching it I found several examples. Most of them had room for 3 quilts. I showed em to her and she said yes BUT she wanted one with 5 bars and a Drawer so I took the dimensions off of one and drew up my idea and she loved it. That was close to 40 years ago. It sits in my bedroom with about 8 quilts pilled on it.
 

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Nicely done. Quilt making and display is a far more popular avocation than many realize. These are good seller. There used to be a guy who made and sold many in the area. I never got into it because I felt our market was not big enough for two of us.
 

glenn bradley

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I will use a domino at the junction of the bracket and the top. This is more to prevent twisting than anything else.
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I mark the layout on tape to make clean up easier. I clamp a scrap to act as a stop for the middle-o-the-panel mortise.
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And she fits together like so; although still upside down :).
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And now a PSA break . . . remember to unplug your tools before changing or handling cutters please.
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I will use mechanical hangers and fasteners. The hanger mounting screws will go through the back and well into the brackets that support the weight of the payload.
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cont'd . . .
 

glenn bradley

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You can see here why I left the rod as a rough blank.
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This lets me mark right off the piece.
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I settled on a 3/8" deep notch in the rail
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I then knock the sharp edges off at the router table.
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A little hand work and I am ready to start applying finish.
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One coat.
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Two coats.
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Probably one more and then a paste wax.
 
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glenn bradley

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My original design included piercings on the top trim. I moved away from this but now feel the look is too plain. I will add some ebony accents.
 

Don Baer

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My original design included piercings on the top trim. I moved away from this but now feel the look is too plain. I will add some ebony accents.
I think I would have routed a 1/2 grove on the shelf about 1/4 was from the back for a plate grove, I have seen that done before. I know it late for that but if you ever do it again, JMHO.
 

glenn bradley

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I think I would have routed a 1/2 grove on the shelf about 1/4 was from the back for a plate grove, I have seen that done before. I know it late for that but if you ever do it again, JMHO.
I asked about a plate groove. No interest from this client. Definitely something to include in a generic "for sale" item though. (y)
 
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