Better design ideas for collapsible fruit dryer?

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  • #675882
    Jonas Ericson
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    Living in a small apartment I need to stove away seasonal equipment in a small storage. For fruit drying I came up with this solution, where the frames fit into each other, which works fine, but I think there are still improvements to do with the very rack to make it less bulky, still sturdy enough. Any ideas?

    #680615
    Larry Geib
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    Google “ hanging fruit dryer” and dozens pop up that are shelves supported by mesh and suspended overhead.

    #680656
    Jonas Ericson
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    Thanks for your suggestion. Seems a bit too woobly and hard to empty only one tray, but one may make rigid post, similar to the ones I’ve made. Then I’m back at the problem to keep the posts at a correct distance from eachother. Again, hanging is also not a viable option for me as the roof is lined with sensitive material and cannot bear a hook. But thanks for trying.

    /Jonas

    #680671
    Colin Scowen
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    You could meet in the middle though. Make something similar to a coat stand, and then you could hinge an arm out the side to hang a dryer from. It’s up to you what else you put on the stand. You could put some small shelves for example.
    Or you could have a frame that has pivoting pins through the corners, and a diagonal brace. When you have fruit, you pull it up and out from behind the stand and insert the brace.

    Colin, Czech Rep.

    #680673
    Jonas Ericson
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    I don’t want to bang my head against them so neither wall nor roof fastening is really an option. But assembling them with a pivoting rod in one corner seems like a plausible idea, this would space them vertically, though it would need some kind of reinforced corner – and a smart solution to be able to pick out an individual tray without the rest falling together. They still need to be totally packed up into one another into a minimal flatpack and stoved away for most of the year.
    But thanks for bringing in new thoughts.

    /J

    #681244
    Colin Scowen
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    There is a plan on Woodworkers Journal for a fold flat candle holder that you may be able to adapt. If the trays were hinged to hang vertically down the back, and then you rotated them up and forward so that they rest on the top of the arm for use. It’s the top variant in the attached picture. Then to have multiple trays hanging flat for storage, you only have to vary the thickness of the arm.
    I was also thinking about rotating dowels with faces / slots, but that won’t really work unless you stagger them. Or if the other ends have square ends that you plug in to the main support pole.

    Colin, Czech Rep.

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