Clothes Airer: Episode 7

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We’ll now bring the whole project together by fitting the fixing, starting with the pivot bolt. Once that’s in place, Paul shows the process of making the fastening handle. He starts by recessing the fitting in the main body of the handle, before shaping it. Then the top cap is shaped and located, bringing the project to completion.


  1. Bill Hall on 19 December 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Beautiful project as always! One thing that reminded me of an issue I had with repairing dovetails using superglue. If it gets into the end grain of the wood, it really soaks down it and hard to remove without taking too much wood off really….certainly more than I intended.

    Have you observed the same? For myself, I’ve concluded I need to be very careful where I use it in the future.

    • Izzy Berger on 20 December 2018 at 12:33 pm

      Hi Bill,

      I have passed your query on to Paul and his answer is below:

      Yes, it does soak into end grain way below the surface. You just have to decide whether you are prepared to have that or not. If not, you can use regular PVA glue.


      • Bill Hall on 20 December 2018 at 2:05 pm

        Hi Izzy,

        Appreciate your response and yes, I will certainly take that into consideration the next time!

  2. ted clawton on 20 December 2018 at 5:19 am

    Paul, thanks for a project with very interesting joints; another great project indeed.

    What finish did you use? I heard a rumor that one of the pieces you made for this series is being used by you as a drawing easel 🙂 in which case I guess you wouldn’t need to worry about wet clothes on the finish.

    • Izzy Berger on 20 December 2018 at 12:34 pm

      Hi Ted,

      Paul didn’t use any finish on this project. He said this was because the wet clothes would damage the finish.


  3. Tmpattonmd on 21 December 2018 at 3:35 am

    Im sure just a slip of the tongue; but its an octagon not a hexagon. love the work, keep it coming.

  4. sanford on 1 January 2019 at 12:02 am

    I am curious about the inserts Paul uses to hold the bolts in the turn buttons. I have never seen ones quite like that and have not found them on the web, though perhaps I just do not know what to call them. I have used the very common t-nuts and ordinary threaded inserts but would like to try the kind Paul is using. Information would be much appreciated!

    • sanford on 1 January 2019 at 12:15 am

      I just found something that looks like what Paul is using. It is called a rivet nut. For example there are some made by Clarks (and others) and sold on Amazon. Hm . . . there is some sort of expensive rivet nut tool to install them, though Paul did not use the tool. Is Paul useding rivet nuts? If so, why rivet nuts rather than threaded inserts? Thanks!

      • Izzy Berger on 3 January 2019 at 9:59 am

        Hi Sanford,

        Paul did use threaded inserts, not rivet nuts.

        Kind Regards,

  5. Howard Turner on 26 March 2021 at 12:45 am

    Thanks Paul et al. Fun project, interesting joints and comment on precision well noted. Finished and in service.

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