Planning a quilt rack. Current favorite design is a pair simple inverted U's
with cross bars between them. Material will be either 4/4 mahogany or Red
My problem is in considering grain direction for good looks and strength.
One way would be two straight legs with a small inverted U on top. Another
would be for each leg to have half of the full arch on top and be joined at
the top. My concern is the cross grain in the arch. Wouldn't this be very
weak or would it be ok in this application?
There are 10 kinds of people who understand binary. Those who do and those
W/ no more load than I would expect there to be, I don't think it would
structurally be a problem unless the pieces were exceptionally narrow.
But, an alternative would be to join the arch piece at the top of the
upright at (say) 45-degrees and the middle so could lay out the arch
portion roughly along grain. Many variations of the same theme are, of
big ones do not weight that much.
Also, the quilt rack is designed to show off the quilts. anything too big or
fancy will distract the quilt view.
I have built a number of quilt racks with 1 X 2's, 1 X 3's and 1 X 4's. I
used lap and half lap joints, a little glue and some finish nails. I puttied
in the set nails. Sorry, no pictures of them. But they were done as a
quick, inexpensive project. And the ladies who received them acted like they
were fine, expensive furniture.
Quilters go nuts over anything you make for them. I know, I am married to
As discussed elsewhere, it's probably not an issue in this context.
However, for future reference the best ways to deal with a curved piece
that needs to be strong are probably to laminate it from thinner strips,
or steam-bend it.
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