There’s nothing like building a prototype to offer insights into methods of construction, as well as aesthetic nuance. Having finished this plate rack, I now have several changes in mind for the plans I will include in the book I’m writing about kitchens for Lost Art Press. Here are a few notes of potential usefulness to those considering a plate rack build.
Consider weight and materials cost in your plate rack design
I built this piece in curly sassafras, as I had a few boards left from the hayrake table I built for my last book. The wood is lightweight, which appealed to me almost as much as the figure, but if you use sassafras, be aware that it’s extremely soft and will quickly develop character from dents and dings.
I decided to use 1/4″ brass tubing instead of wooden dowels, because I wanted this design to combine wood and metal. A word of advice: If you want to use brass tubing, buy the entire lot before you start to build.