With today’s interest in quilting, there are many households that have several beautiful quilts sitting in storage closets and chests where no one is able to see or appreciate the time and handiwork they represent. The maple quilt rack shown here was developed after my grandmother expressed an interest in having a place to display her beautiful quilts.
How to make a quilt rack
From 2” square stock, turn two spindles to dimensions shown. The two lower rungs (A) are made next, each turned to 1” dia. from 1 1/8” square stock. Use the parting tool to establish the 24 7/8” length between shoulders, then finish by turning 3/8” dia. x 3/4” long tenons each end. Using a diamond point chisel, four light cuts will form the decorative bead at the center. Repeat the same techniques to make the upper rung (F). except note that shoulder to shoulder length is 24”, and tenon should be made 1/2” dia. x 1” long. The stretcher (B) can now be made from 1” (3/4” actual) x 3 1/2” x 24 stock.
Next cut the arms (C) and legs (E) from 5/4 x 4” x 12” stock. For maximum strength, the grain direction should be the same as the arrows on the drawing. Before assembly apply a 1/4” radius to the exposed edges of arms, legs, and stretcher – then give all parts a thorough sanding. Drill 3/8” dia. holes in part (C) as shown.
The stretcher (B) is attached to (D) with 3/8” dowels. Be sure that these dowels do not interfere with dowels that join legs (E). Also, a 1/2” dia. hole is drilled in the spindle for (F).
Now attach legs (E) to part (D) with 1/2” dowels. To insure that all four legs will sit flat on the floor, take extra care and use a doweling jig when drilling holes. Clamping is difficult because of the lack of parallel flat surfaces, so a clamping jig cut to the shape of the leg should be used. If care is exercised when originally cutting out the arms and legs, the scrap can be used as the clamping jig.
Assemble part (A) to arms (C), then join this sub-assembly to the spindle (D). A clamping jig will also help here.
Final sand the entire project. The finish is your choice, but maple looks beautiful when given at least two coats of Watco Danish Oil finish, then waxed.