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Build a Traditional Plate Rack with Nancy Hiller

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Lost Art Press

837 Willard Street

Covington, KY 41011

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A traditional feature of many British farmhouse and cottage kitchens, the plate rack provides decorative and functional storage for dishes that are used every day. Plate racks can be custom designed to store a variety of items besides plates, potentially holding most of the dishes, mugs, and glasses a small family uses on a daily basis.

This plate rack offers a good opportunity to practice hand-cut dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery, miter and fit a crown moulding, and make a French cleat for hanging.

One section of the rack is designed to store plates, cutting boards, and shallow soup dishes. Below is a small shelf for glasses or mugs; above are two shelves (one of them adjustable) for more plates, bowls, and other dishes.

While simple to make, plate racks require careful planning. Although we will build a plate rack of one basic design and identical overall dimensions, I will explain the process of thinking through geometric dimensions of storing plates and other dishware according to your particular needs so that you’ll be able to modify the geometry on future projects. I encourage participants to bring a set of their own dishes (a glass, a mug, a dinner plate, and so on) so that you can customize the spacing of parts to suit your tableware.

Please note: The plate rack in the class will be built of poplar with dowels so you may finish it with a clear finish (such as linseed oil, wiping poly, or Osmo), stain, or paint. (The example shown here is made of curly maple.)

Registration for the class is free. Registrants will be invoiced for the $300 class fee, plus a materials fee of $170.

Tools:
Drill and selection of twist bits
3/8” Forstner bit
Backsaw
Marking tools for dovetails, mortises, and tenons
Chisels (1/4”, ½”, ¾”, 1”)
Bench hook
Mallet
Hammer, nail set
Instructor will bring: Lion miter trimmer and Ulmia miter clamps
Materials that will be supplied:
Dowels
Cabinet parts
Brass shelf supports
Finish nails
Please note: Hooks for hanging mugs or utensils will not be included.

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