How to Build a Wall-Mounted Quilt Rack How to Build a Wall-Mounted Quilt Rack
You can design a wall mounted quilt rack to display your quilt in a number of ways. You could choose to display the entire quilt flat, have it folded or you could even have it gathered or pleated. Below is a design for a wall mounted quilt rack you can build at home.
Step 1 – Cutting the Wood
Cut two 1x8s to 32 inches. These would be used as vertical uprights. In addition, cut 4 1X2s to 26 inches to use as horizontal cross members.
Step 2 – Scribing the Curve
To get a rounded top for the uprights, use the top of an inverted bucket to scribe the round. After this, cut out the rounded ends using the band saw. As the blade used is very thin, be careful not to break it by making sharp forceful turns.
Step 3 – Sand the Cut Wood Pieces
Use the belt sander to make the shape of the curves made in step 2 smooth. For your safety, wear the dust mark and glasses while using the sander.
Step 4 – Holes for Screws
Mark the location of the holes for recessed screws in the center. To find the exact center, use a square. You need to mark the holes at both the top and bottom.
Step 5 – Drill the Pockets
Insert the countersinking bit into the drill and use it to drill 1/4-inch deep pockets. Then drill through the center of the pockets using 1/8-inch bit. These would be used for the screws. Also, drill 2 holes, at some distance from each other and on the same horizontal line, on rear wood piece to hang on wall.
Step 6 – Driving the Screws
Take the cross members and drill holes into their ends on the center.
Step 7 – Attach the Pieces
Drive the screws into pilot holes that you made in the previous step. The holes in the verticals will line up with the holes in the cross pieces, securing them together. For the other side, repeat the same procedure.
Step 8 – Painting the Quilt Rack
Use a good quality paint brush to apply polyurethane on the wood. Be careful so that direction of brush movement matches with the grain of the wood.
Step 9 – Drying and Sanding
The milky appearance of the paint will turn into a cleaner finish as it dries. After it has dried, lightly rub with fine sandpaper to smooth.
Apply another coat for the finishing touches to your quilt rack which would be ready after the coat dries.