The Antique Quilt Display Rack
Display and Store up to Six Quilts on this Stylish Rack
If you're like most people, your family heirlooms are precious to you. Such was the case with the author's daughter when she wanted to display one of her great, great grandmother's antique quilts for all to see. The project began with a sketch of the idea. The final result was a red oak frame with simple lines and easy-to-construct plans.
In the case of this particular project, what makes it truly unique was the source of the wood used in its construction. Several years ago, the author's family church replaced their old, red oak pews. He decided to buy several of them...not really knowing what he was going to do with them at the time. Then came the quilt rack request from his daughter, and a “mission” was launched. All of the pieces of this project (except for the dowel stretchers) were cut from the pews, giving them a new life that will be passed on from generation-to-generation.
The wood you use for yours, of course, probably won't come from old church pews, but that won't make much difference. It's a project we're sure you'll enjoy building, so let's get started.
Since you won't need a lot of wood for this project, it should be fairly inexpensive to build. And, if you get started and discover that some of the thicknesses you need are either not readily available or just too expensive, you can always glue-up thicker pieces from thinner ones. IMPORTANT: When working with glued-up stock, it's always a good idea to allow the glued-up pieces to dry thoroughly for 24 hours or so before machining them. Un-cured glue-ups could separate during machining, causing injury.
Making the Bases
Let's get started with the Bases (A). Begin by cutting the two Base blanks to size, according to the Bill of Materials. As mentioned earlier, if 2-1/4" stock is not readily available, just glue-up three pieces of 3/4" to 1" thick stock to make your 2-1/4" blanks. These glued-up pieces will actually be stronger than a single piece of 2-1/4" stock, plus you'll get an attractive end grain pattern that you wouldn't get with a single piece of stock. Once your pieces are glued-up, be sure to wipe off any excess glue with a damp cloth before it dries.
After the glue has dried for 24 hours, cut your bases to 3" x 17", then use your Jointer or Thickness Planer to thin them down to 2-1/4", if necessary. As shown in the diagram, the Bases have a 3" long chamfer that slopes down 1/2" at the ends of each side. There's also a peak in the bottom, starting 1-1/2" in from each end that rises and meets in the center, 3/4" up from the bottom. Mark these lines on your Base pieces and cut them using your Bandsaw or Scroll Saw. Sand all areas smooth, then use a 3/4" Brad Point Bit to bore two 1/2" deep holes for the leg tenons, as shown in the diagram.