How to Build a Quilt Rack How to Build a Quilt Rack

Knowing how to build a quilt rack can provide an excellent way to display quilts while adding a rustic, modern or traditional décor to any home, depending on the type of quilt displayed. The hard work and effort that goes into constructing a quilt can be highlighted and enhanced with this proudly built piece of furniture.

Tools and Materials List

All measurements are for Oak hardwood, in inches:

  1. Two risers 1-1/4x7x28-1/2
  2. Two base pieces 2x2-1/4x18
  3. Four dowel rods 1x28
  4. One stretcher 3/4x3x26
  5. Four dowel pins 3/8x2
  6. Flathead wood screws of various sizes
  7. Drill press
  8. Forstner bit 1x5/8
  9. Wood glue
  10. Band saw
  11. Table saw
  12. Tape measure
  13. Sand paper
  14. Varnish 
  15. Steel wool

Step 1: Measure, Cut and Shape Parts

Begin by rough cutting all parts to approximate sizes already given. To add distinction and elegance, this quilt rack will have parts fashioned into different shapes. Begin by trimming the two base pieces so that it resembles an elongated triangle. The two risers will be attached to the center-most top of the triangle. Fashion the risers to resemble a Fleur-de-lis Cross so that they are thinner at the bottom and expand at the top. For additional style and beauty, the dowels can be turned on a wood lathe to almost any desired shape.

Step 2: Assembly of Parts

For sturdy construction it is recommended that the parts be glued and screwed for added stability. Begin by attaching one of the upright risers to one of the triangular bases. This is done by gluing and clamping the pieces together. Once the glue has dried, drill and counter sink the appropriate wood screws into the pieces to be joined. Insert plugs into the counter sunk holes and sand smooth. Repeat this procedure for the other base and riser.

Apply glue to only one end of each of the wooden dowels. Attach one dowel at the midpoint of one of the risers, and the other three in the center points of each arm of the Fleur-de-lis Cross at the top. Clamp these dowels to the risers and allow them to dry. Once the glue has dried, drill and counter sink screws. Fill holes with plugs and then sand smooth. Attach the stretcher to the bottom of the riser, counter sink and apply screws. Plug holes and sand smooth. Carefully apply glue to the ends of the four dowels and the stretcher and glue to the opposite riser and base pieces. Carefully clamp, counter sink and screw in screws and plug holes. Sand plugs smooth.

Step 3: Procedure for Finishing

This piece of furniture will house delicately stitched cloth, so it's essential that it have a very smooth finish. Begin by rough sanding the entire piece with 80 or 100 grit sand paper. This will also remove dried glue and machine marks from the wood. Work up to 220 grit sand paper and wipe with a tack cloth to remove all dust. Apply a 50-50 solution of varnish and mineral spirits and sand very lightly with 220 grit sandpaper when dry. Repeat with 25-75 solution of varnish and mineral spirits, and then a final coat of 100% varnish. Rub out with 0000 grade steel wool.

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