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Here’s a simple drying rack I created for hanging freshly painted balusters. It’s made with a couple of sawhorses and 8-foot-long 2x2s.
Here’s what I did:
- I cut dovetailed slots in the 2x2s, drove drywall screws into the balusters and hung the balusters by the screw heads in the slots.
- I cut the slot on a table saw, starting with an angled kerf down the center of a 2x2, as shown in the accompanying drawing.
- Then I turned the 2x2 end-for-end and ran it over the blade again, cutting an opposing angle.
- A third pass with the blade brought back to 90 degrees cleaned out the slot, which supported the shoulders of the drywall screw.
- Next, I drilled a couple of access holes for screw heads (1/2-inch diameter) into the dovetailed channel.
- Before painting, I drove a 2-inch screw into the end of each baluster.
- After painting, I slipped the balusters into the slots to dry.
By the way, the screws are really useful when I’m handling the freshly painted pieces.
— Brian Everest: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
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