DIY Drying Rack for Pasta, Herbs and More

Use your noodle to build this DIY drying rack for hanging homemade pasta, herbs, dish towels and anything else you come up with. The folding rack won’t take up valuable counter space when not in use.


| February/March 2015



DIY Drying Rack

When opened, the legs of this DIY drying rack will span a standard 32-inch kitchen sink. When closed, the rack can be stowed out of the way next to your cutting boards and cookie sheets.


Photo by Tom Thulen

You’ve just read DIY Fresh Pastas: Make Traditional, Whole-Grain or Gluten-Free Noodles, and now you’re itching to get flour under your fingernails. If you want to save some pasta for later, you’ll need a way to dry those noodles. These plans show you how to build a rack for drying your fresh pasta. The rack is collapsible, so it needn’t clutter up your countertop when not in use. You’ll find lots of other uses for this rack besides drying fresh pasta — see 10 Things You Can Do with a Folding Rack.

When opened, the legs of this DIY drying rack will span a standard 32-inch kitchen sink. When closed, the rack can be stowed out of the way next to your cutting boards and cookie sheets.

Although these plans direct you to build a pasta drying rack from pine, you can also use oak, maple, or any other hardwood for strength and appearance. Get started by referring to the materials and cutting lists, and then follow these step-by-step instructions to build a rack that will dry yards of pasta over years of use.

DIY Drying Rack Instructions

1. Cut the rack sides (A) to the length indicated in the cutting list. Mark the positions of the 3/8-inch-diameter holes for the dowels, as shown in the illustration. Bore the holes using a drill press or a drill with a stop collar. Use a brad-point bit (with a center spur to keep the bit in line), and make the holes 7/16-inch deep. Note: The position of the leg pivot holes is critical because it determines how far the legs will splay out when the collapsible drying rack is opened and in use.

2. Use a compass to draw the 1-1⁄4-inch-radius semicircles for rounding the ends of the rack sides. Use a jigsaw to cut the ends to shape, and sand the edges smooth.

3. Cut the rack ends (B) and dowels (C) to length and round the ends slightly with sandpaper. Tap the dowels into the holes on one of the rack sides (A), and then lay the assembly on a flat surface. Position the other side across from it and then, starting at one end, fit the dowels into the holes of the second side. Don’t use glue. Note: You can simplify this task by using bar clamps to gently squeeze the sides toward each other as you fit in the dowel ends.

richard
1/21/2015 12:03:27 PM

I like this project. One thing I noticed about hanging homemade cheese Is letting whey run down the sink.Since I salt my cheese (usually cottage cheese) after draining. I save the whey to feed to my chickens. Or pour on garden and flower beds. it is never a lot at one time but every bit of fertilizer helps. Not complaining about your post just sharing ideas. Whey works great to soak whole oats until soft and feed to meat chickens for a couple of weeks before processing (if you can keep the ducks out of it.) Enjoy reading post on Mother Earth.






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