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A friend needed to have more cabinet space in her small kitchen so we decided to move her pots and pans to a space over her breakfast bar.

I used 1/2 by 1/2 aluminum bars to suspend the stretched octagonal fir rack. The bars are sandwiched inside two fir slats with matching dados and then pinned with brass rods. That joint is covered with a mahogany slat. The rack is biscuit jointed at the mitered corners and screwed to the support structure. The screw counterbores were then plugged with walnut plugs. The rack is bullnosed on top and bottom to allow the hooks to move.

The whole thing is mounted to ceiling joists with 3" screws near her skylight. It supports a lot of weight, so I made sure it was sturdy.

After looking at it off and on for a year, I think the rack should have been narrower. I have done several of these over the last few years but this is the only one I have pics of. I bent the hooks from 3/16 brass welding rod.

She's happy with it, so I am too......
 

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Hi everyone,

Thanks for looking and commenting.

This unit hangs over her breakfast bar which is not used as such so no one walks under it. There is an issue with the door opening and hitting a pan occasionally, but there is a doorstop that prevents it from hitting the the bar or the rack. She has a fairly small kitchen with limited cabinet space so this has helped her a lot.

One-off designs usually have trade offs in one respect or another. I find the process of working thru those issues with the user to be enjoyable if you explain the options and limitations up front. That's not to say I haven't been bitten before. I once did a spiral hand rail for a contractor who didn't like the result enough to pay me for it.....

Anyway, I try to meet the unique demands of the space with a custom design flair. for me, that seems to be where the fun is. I also get a big sense of personal satisfaction from producing pieces that people actually touch and use. I'm not one to make art pieces just to look at; there must be a sense of utility in the item or it doesn't work for me. My favorite pieces are tables, desks, chests, and boxes.

I'm trying to gather and scan some 35mm shots of things I did prior to the digital age. when I do I'll post them and ask for comments. Just wish I had pics of everything.....

Have a great day and enjoy yourself; it's all over too soon....
 
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