How to Build a Clothes Drying Rack How to Build a Clothes Drying Rack

What You'll Need
8 piece of 1 by 1 inch wood, each 20 inches long
4 pieces of 1 by 1 inch wood, each 35 inches long
4 pieces of 1 by 1 inch wood, each 28 1/2 inches long
4 pieces of 1 by 1 inch wood, each 11 inches long
Drill
Wood screws
Screwdriver
Sandpaper
Tape measure
Linseed oil
Cloth

A clothes drying rack is a good way to let your clothes air dry after they’ve been in the laundry. It’s ideal for small items or even a whole wash if you don’t want to use your dryer. You can go out and buy a clothes drying rack but it’s surprisingly simple to build your own. A clothes drying rack might look complex but with just a few tools and very little in terms of special ability, you can make one quite easily.

Step 1 - Preparation

You should use good quality wood for this project instead of something that might end up staining your clothes; oak is a good choice. When you’ve cut the wood to size, take the time to sand it thoroughly. This will make sure that you don’t end up with splinters piercing your clothes as they dry.

When you’ve done this, take the pieces of wood that are 35 inches long and your drill. Measure and mark the following distances from one end on each piece: 16 1/2 inches, 25 inches and 33 5/8 inches. Drill holes at each of those points on all 4 pieces of wood.

Now, take the 4 pieces of length that are 28 1/2 inches long. Measure and mark these distances on each one: 1 1/2 inches, 9 7/8 inches, 18 7/8 inches and 27 inches. Drill through at these points on all 4 pieces of wood.

Take the 11 inch pieces of wood and measure and mark these lengths: 1 inch and 10 inches. Drill through at these points.

    Finally, on each of the 20 inch pieces of wood, make these distances from one end: 1 1/2 inches and 18 5/8 inches. Drill through at these points on each piece.

    Finish your preparation by rubbing linseed oil into each piece of wood with a cloth then leaving the wood to dry.

    Step 2 - Assembly

    Start by attaching one 11 inch piece of wood to one 35 inch piece of wood. They should join at the 1 inch hole on the short piece and the 25 inch hole on the long piece. Repeat for the other 35 inch and 11 inch pieces.

    Now, take one of the 28 1/2 inch length pieces of wood. Screw it into the 35 inch piece of wood at the 33 5/8 inch point on the longer piece and the 1 1/2 inch mark on the 28 1/2 inch piece. Repeat for the other pieces.

    Step 3 - Finishing Assembly

    To complete the assembly, attach 2 of the 20 inch pieces of wood to the side pieces, screwing through the holes in the wood. These will attach at the 16 1/2 inch point on the long pieces of wood. The other 2 pieces will attach at the top of the long pieces to finish the clothes drying rack.

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