Bent Lamination Quilt Rack

Marc Spagnuolo

This elegant quilt rack features bent laminated legs, brass rods for hanging quilts, a lower shelf for additional storage, and a CNC-cut epoxy inlay just for fun. This project will teach you some new skills including design and the art of bent lamination using a vacuum press.

Measurements: 32" W x 18" D x 34" H

  • 12 lessons
  • 165 min
  • $65.00

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Inspiration, Curves, and the Bending Form

    My inspiration for this design came from David Marks. We’ll take some measurements, make a drawing, and create a bending form.

  2. Laminations and Vacuum Prep

    The slices are cut and a test bend is done in the vacuum press to make sure everything works as expected.

  3. Vacuum Press Primer

    A quick look at my vacuum press and an explanation of how it works.

  4. Vacuum Pressing the Laminations

    The strips are bent in the vacuum press and take on their final shape.

  5. Back Legs and Top Rail

    The rear legs and apron are cut and shaped.

  6. Bottom Rails

    The bottom rails are cut to size, mortises are cut in the legs and the tenons are cut on the rails.

  7. Bottom Shelf Slats

    The bottom shelf slats are cut to size, tenons are cut on the ends, and mortises are cut into the bottom rails.

  8. Details Before Assembly

    All of the final details that need to be added prior to assembly.

  9. CNC Epoxy Inlay

    An epoxy inlay is cut into the top rail via CNC.

  10. Aging Brass Rods

    Making new brass look old.

  11. Assembly Time

    It all comes together with some careful sub-assemblies.

  12. Finishing

    A hard wax oil brings the walnut to life!

What will I receive?

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction (11 videos in total) showing every step of the build.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What will I learn?

  • Designing to fit within a space
  • Creating a curved template
  • Creating a curved bending form
  • Sizing laminations
  • Bent lamination with a vacuum press
  • Vacuum press alternatives (discussion)
  • Aging brass
  • Clever half-lap style joinery
  • Mortise and tenon joinery
  • Aging brass
  • Finishing with Rubio Monocoat

What will I need?

Materials: 5 BF of 4/4 Hardwood, 4 BF of 8/4 Hardwood, three 3/8″ Brass Dowels, and one 1/8″ Brass Dowel

Tools
Please note that not all of these tools are absolutely required and alternatives should always be considered.

  • Bandsaw, Circular Saw (or Track Saw), Drill, Oscillating Spindle Sander, Disc Sander, Drum Sander (or Planer) for cleaning up laminations, Vacuum Press (optional – a clamping form can also be used), Jointer, Planer, Miter Saw, Table Saw, Dado Stack, Router with edge guide, Chisels.
  • Curved Drawing Templates
  • Lee Valley Drawing Bows

Bits & Stuff

About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of Hybrid Woodworking and Essential Joinery. He has contributed articles and video content to FineWoodworking.com, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also one of the hosts of the Wood Talk podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as at various Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.