BAZ’S DIY

Make a hang­ing dry­ing rack for your laun­dry.

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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.

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