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    Hi all

    A few years ago management had the brightest idea to buy a towel dry rack of Swedish design…
    As most things from the famous furniture makers it consists of 60% wood, 25% glue and 15% fasteners. (Proportions may vary)

    Needless to explain the longevity of the thing is long surpassed as the thing literally started to fall apart less than a year after assembly. (By her….) So it became a honey do thing.

    I told myself I’d be damned if I’d glue the thing together to hope to repair the ripped out screw holes… Another design problem was the fact that management tends to use larger towels than I do (something to do with curves I suppose). And it tends to tip over because it’s feet are to small compared to the height.

    So basically I copied the design, added the larger dimension and I needed the practice in chopping mortices anyway.

    Anyway now I can smile to myself each morning knowing that thing is going to last!

    I finished it with a clear water based polyacrylate which I rubbed on.

    More pics follow


    Come to think of it, Ikea probably produced several thousands of these while I made just one…

    But I’m sure I had more fun building skill than that machine feeders…

    More pics

    Marilyn Moreno

    Great remake! It will definitely last 20X longer.

    Marilyn - Lehigh Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania - USA

    Matt McGrane

    Nice one, Diego. Very satisfying, I’m sure. Good job on all those mortises.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/


    Thanks for the votes of confidence.

    I still don’t know if I’d be able to pull off gapless through hole mortices. I always seem to marr the edges in pine.

    Come to think of it, I don’t recall master Paul using through hole vortices save for the work bench in show pieces. Somehow I think hardwood is a lot easier for that.

    Guess I’ll need some more practice.


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