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Hardware cloth makes a mini drying rack

Hardware cloth makes a mini drying rack

Finishing turnings and other small wooden pieces for toys was always a hassle because I could never find a good place to set them to dry. I solved the problem with strips of hardware cloth. By cutting thin strips, I can bend the hardware cloth to the shape I need to support even irregularly shaped pieces. The cut points of the mesh support the pieces with minimal contact. I use larger mesh for bigger projects; smaller mesh for little pieces.

--J.M. Evans, Waycross, Ga.

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grandy48 wrote:

I use a cake/cookie cooling rack also.

8/2/2012 02:15:46 PM Report Abuse
RichS wrote:

A previous tip suggesting the use of carpet stretching strips would be a much cheaper and easier way to make a drying rack. They come in 1" wide x 8' wooden strips cutting then to the length needed would be a lot easier than cutting hardware cloth.

1/21/2011 10:37:18 AM Report Abuse
billrd01 wrote:

Hardware cloth is metal rectangular or square grid mesh like screen.. Come is different sizes - great for sorting or separating gravel or dirt by size as well as keeping critters out of small spaces like vents.

1/20/2011 01:18:28 PM Report Abuse
ecdonovan10 wrote:

Hardware cloth is the right name comes in various guages and mesh sizes. And Chicken wire is so named because it is used for making chicken coops. Not real strong but cheap to make. Have used chicken wire to make crab pots/traps and around the garden to keep out wildlife.

1/20/2011 10:39:54 AM Report Abuse
Trent The Thief wrote:

I don't know how it got that name, but that's the right name. Chicken wire looks like the end of a honeycomb.

1/20/2011 10:08:14 AM Report Abuse
tonykier wrote:

I never heard the expression "hardware cloth". Might it be chicken wire?

1/20/2011 09:57:04 AM Report Abuse

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