Make a Drying Rack out of Wood Scraps and Staples
If you’re finishing pieces of woodwork with paint or varnish, you could just lean them up against the wall and hope that they don’t drip, but there’s a better way.
Dan Meyers from Olympia, Wash., starts by making a little A-frame, all made out of scrap materials. There’s a 2×4 base, and a 2×2 A-frame, with 2×2 horizontal arms which can be configured any way you want, depending on what your workpieces are. Then he uses scrap pieces of plywood–it doesn’t matter how thick the are–as the surfaces upon which he’s going to rest his workpieces. Now the key to this is all of these staples that he fires through the underside of each one of the little shelves. It doesn’t matter how thick the plywood is, so long as the staples protrude at the same length. The staples make a bed of little tiny points that allows for plenty of airflow under the workpiece and doesnt’ leave any marks as the work dries. It’s a great idea, it uses up scrap material, and it gets it all in one place–not leaning against the wall where it’s in the way.
great tip, Dan. Thank you.