U-Build: Quilt rack is a cold-weather classic
Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects from U-Bild like this classic quilt rack.
Once upon a time — before central heating and electric blankets — keeping warm on a cold night simply meant adding more covers to the bed. Even though today's modern conveniences keep us warm at the flick of a switch, there's still nothing like a cozy quilt to take the chill off a cold night. And this classic quilt rack project is still the best way to keep those quilts (and blankets) handy.
Like a well-loved antique, the project looks right at home at the foot of any bed. Unlike a pricey original, however, this rack is inexpensive to build and easy enough for woodworkers of any skill level.
Made from standard oak lumber, the project requires just five different cuts and 15 pieces in all. The only curved cuts (for the two side pieces) are traced from full-size patterns. To build, simply trace the pieces onto wood and cut everything out. Next, assemble the rack using dowel pins, screws and glue. To finish, sand and apply finish of choice.
The completed quilt rack measures about 31 inches tall by 31 inches wide by 18 inches deep.
The Quilt Rack plan, No. 799, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with photos, traceable patterns, construction diagrams, shopping list, cutting schedule and a toll-free help line.
A package of plans for three classic country furniture projects, No. C90, is $21.95 and includes the quilt rack, a blanket chest and armoire-style linen closet. Include $4 per order for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.
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