Make a hanging drying rack for your laundry.
Make a stylish laundry hanger.
BEGIN WITH 4 x 1.2m lengths of 30mm x 18mm Tasmanian oak timber; 2 x 1.2m lengths of 150mm x 18mm pine timber; wire coathanger; pencil; wood glue; sandpaper; cordless drill; spade bore bit; jigsaw; 12mm chisel; furniture wax or oil; window cord;
2 x 60mm pulleys; 2 x 20mm eye hooks; 1 x small cleat; paint.
STEP ONE To make the end pieces, bend a wire coathanger into your desired shape. Place it onto one of the pieces of pine and draw around the shape twice with a pencil, so you have two drawings on the pine. STEP TWO Take the end of one of the oak pieces and work out where you would like to position the four pieces. Make sure they are evenly spaced apart. Draw around the end four times to mark the positions. Mark out a decorative hole to thread the cord through later.
A hanging rack will free up floor space so you have plenty of room to get on with the folding!
STEP THREE Using the spade bore bit, drill into the decorative hole and each of the four rectangular marks, then use the chisel to square up the rectangles. It’s important that you only go halfway through with the chisel and then turn the timber over to do the other side. These holes will be the slots for your hanging rails.
STEP FOUR Cut out the coathanger shape with the jigsaw. If you don’t have a jigsaw, you can use a handsaw and copping saw, but you will need to follow up with a lot of extra sanding on the edges. Give all the edges and both sides a good sand, then a coat of paint – I used a matt black finish.
STEP FIVE Next, give your hanging rails and second piece of pine a good sand and coat of furniture wax or oil.
STEP SIX Now attach your pulley to the second piece of pine (or ceiling board) anywhere between 75mm to 150mm from the end of the board and do the same at the other end of the board with the other pulley.
STEP SEVEN Slide the hanging rails into the end pieces and make sure that the end pieces will line up with the pulleys on the ceiling board. You can add a drop or two of glue to keep the rails in place if they’re a bit loose. STEP EIGHT Attach the ceiling board to the ceiling by fixing into roof timbers or plug and screw into concrete. Attach the cleat in desired position on wall or window frame if nearby. Thread the two lengths of cord through the holes on the ends of the clothes dryer and thread through the pulleys.
STEP NINE Hoist the dryer into ceiling space, then wrap cord around the cleat to secure.
Atta boy Baz makes using the laundry a total pleasure!
Drying out This hanging rack is perfect for air-drying sheets.