My girlfriend has a lot of scarves and has completely outgrown the scarf rack I built for her. In honor of Valentines Day I decided to build this project to help redistribute some of the scarves currently on her existing one. Having the chance to improve on a past project is always an increased motivator for me in the shop and I usually jump at the chance to do so. This design is much simpler and a little more refined than the previous one. If you have a lady in your life who has an inordinate amount of scarves, like I do, this is a great woodworking gift idea you can build in a single weekend.
This entire project is built from scrap 2 x 4 dimensional lumber cut-offs that I had laying around from past projects. I first measured then marked the 2 x 4's to a rough size, longer then the finished length. This will give me some wiggle room during the glue-up stage of this project. I cut them to length at the miter saw.
Using my jointer I square one edge to one face on each 2 x 4. This ensures that I have square edges when gluing these 2 x 4's together.
With the jointed face pointing down towards the bed of my planer, I plane all the 2 x 4's to thickness. Following the process of jointing then planing allows you to keep both top and bottom surfaces parallel to one another. Otherwise the faces of your material will be on different planes, making alignment almost impossible during glue-up.
At the table saw I cut each 2 x 4 plank down to a width slightly larger than their final dimension. Making my way back to the jointer, I joint the freshly cut edge making it smooth and square. This completes the milling process. It is long and sometimes tedious but it pays off in the end.
The joinery for this project are simple butt joints. I contemplated using biscuits but being that the forces exerted on this panel are almost nothing, when being used, I figured it would be overkill. Plus these planks are short and thin enough that alignment during this glue-up process wouldn't be an issue. Lite pressure with some bar clamps is all that is needed to bring the planks together with flawless seams.
Using my cross-cut sled I first square up one edge of the panel then cut it to length.
After marking the hole locations I use my drill press and a 3/4" Forstner bit to dill the holes needed to attach the dowels. This would have been easier and more accurate if I had a drill press table to utilize but unfortunately I didn't. Although I did this part freehand in a sense, my lines were still very straight.
I routed an ogee profile on the edge of the panel using my router table. This concludes all the woodworking that needs to be done to this panel. Its time to move on to the dowel hangers.
Making the dowel hangers is a two step process, I first round them over using a 1/4" round over bit at my router table. I then cut them to length at the miter saw. This process is repeated as many times as necessary until all the dowel hangers are made.
Given that this scarf rack needs some way to hang on the wall I need to route some slots for the hardware I will be using. I do this with a router equipped with an edge guide and a 1/2" diameter upcut spiral bit.
To make life easier I am sanding before assembling this project. I use my random orbit sander and 120-grit sandpaper to smooth everything out.
Assembly is pretty straight forward. I simply dab glue in each dowel hole, insert the dowel, then square it to the base using an accurate square.
I'm staining this project with a brush-on stain called Sedona Red. As this stain is alcohol based and very thin, I apply multiple coats before applying a finish.
I used a spar urethane as a finish for this project. Like the stain, I apply many coats to make the surface very durable. Because of the rubbing motion of taking scarves on and off the rack I wanted to ensure that the finish was strong.
This was a fun project and my girlfriend loved the new design. I wish I had taken pictures of my previous design while building to use as reference in this article but unfortunately I didn't.
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