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Home-built barrel rack [message #38547] Sat, 06 June 2015 21:30 Go to next message
cajuntec is currently offline  cajuntec
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I'm not the best when it comes to woodwork, but it's mostly because I'm hindered by "hobbyist" tools. I just can't afford the nicer stuff right now. Too many other money-eating projects. Very Happy So I make do, and use a lot of braces, fences, guides, and vices to make sure things come out semi-ok.

Anyway... Barrel racks are hard to find, and the ones I am finding, I'm just not 100% happy with. So I decided to build my own out of a piece of solid oak.

The oak is 12" long, 3/4" thick, and 1 3/4" wide. I used my band saw to cut inside the lines on the rectangles to a depth of .7", then cut slivers between the rectangle sides. I then popped out the slivers with a small chisel. I mounted my router to the bottom of my workbench and set the depth to 3/4" above the bench surface. I then screwed down a piece of wood to act as a guide (had to move it twice more for the middle and slots 2 & 4), and ran the rectangle cut out through the router with a 1/2" rabbet bit. I then set my table saw for a very shallow cut, a hair less than .3" from the front leading edge, and cut the slot on top for the pins to sit in. I then used a 1/4" drill bit in my drill press to make 4 mounting holes all the way through. Stained everything in red oak stain, and it's now sitting up drying.

I ain't no carpenter... but I'm pretty dang proud of how this one came out.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v111/cajuntec/ContenderRack_zpsuith0gcr.jpg

All the best,
Glenn


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Re: Home-built barrel rack [message #38551 is a reply to message #38547] Sun, 07 June 2015 13:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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yeah,yeah,yeah. 10 years down the road your son will spill the beans. He made it in his shop class at school. Sorry Glenn, couldn't resist the chance for a jab. It really looks great, actually super IMHO. Big slap on the back from this way. (No, not a GIBBS slap). BTW A person's best tool is the one inside his/her skull, and you used yours well.
Jim
Re: Home-built barrel rack [message #38552 is a reply to message #38551] Sun, 07 June 2015 13:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks Jim! What I left out is that this wasn't my first try. I failed miserably at my first attempt. I had to build tools (a router table) to build the final product. Hand held router just didn't work well at all! But now I have a router table too, so that was a bonus on this build.
All the best,
Glenn


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Re: Home-built barrel rack [message #38554 is a reply to message #38552] Sun, 07 June 2015 19:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Well... Dang. It isn't as perfect as I thought it turned out to be. I FORGOT that SOME Contender barrels have a STEPPED LUG. Dang it. They fit, but they are't straight up and down. They are at a slight angle, which is driving me crazy, so it's going to get modified for a few of those slots. But I'm going to do the mods by hand with a small file. I'm not risking all this hard work to a power tool again. One wrong move - wham! Broken. I'll do it by hand. Smile Still happy with the way it came out though!
All the best,
Glenn


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Re: Home-built barrel rack [message #38555 is a reply to message #38554] Sun, 07 June 2015 19:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks for including the boo-boo's and oops. We're all human so it can be expected. But we do learn by them. good luck with the minor mods, hopefully no major disaster.

Jim
Re: Home-built barrel rack [message #38559 is a reply to message #38555] Mon, 08 June 2015 18:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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wanted to jab too. but i knew if i were not careful this would be deleted too.
Re: Home-built barrel rack [message #38560 is a reply to message #38559] Mon, 08 June 2015 19:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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jabs are fine amongst friends as long as not profane, etc. It should be quite clear that it's in jest, and not a personal attack. You and I have shared many over the phone on several if not many occasions.

Jim
Re: Home-built barrel rack [message #38563 is a reply to message #38560] Mon, 08 June 2015 23:05 Go to previous message
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jamesgammel wrote on Mon, 08 June 2015 19:45
jabs are fine amongst friends as long as not profane, etc. It should be quite clear that it's in jest, and not a personal attack. You and I have shared many over the phone on several if not many occasions.
Jim


Yep. Fully agree.
All the best,
Glenn


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