Building a ribbon rack organizer is a great way to organize all of those ribbon spools in your draw. In this example we will be making a twenty seven and a half by nineteen inch ribbon rack. It will hold about one hundred spools of ribbon depending on how wide the spools are.
two 1 inch x 6 inch x 6 foot pieces of wood
eight one and a half inch wood screws
drill guide or drill press
saw, tape measure and a drill
three 5/16 inch x 48 inch dowels
11/32 drill bit
3/32 drill bit
3/8 countersink drill bit
First cut two pieces of the1x6x6 wood twenty six inches long, these will be your side pieces. Now cut two more pieces nineteen inches long, these will be your top and bottom pieces.
Take one of the twenty six inch pieces and make a line with a pencil straight down the middle.You can accomplish this by making a mark with your pencil at two and three quarters at each end. Then just connect the two marks and you have your center line.
Next make a pencil mark three inches down on the center line you just made. Then make four more marks every five inches after that. Place this board on top of the other twenty six inch piece. Make sure they are perfectly matched up with the pencil Marks on top. Clamp them to your work bench or whatever you are using to work on. Take the drill guide with a three thirty two drill bit. Drill straight through the two pieces on each of the five marks.
Now separate the two pieces. Replace the three thirty two inch drill bit with an eleven thirty two inch drill bit.Drill half way through each hole using the eleven thirty two inch bit. Now you can turn the board over and drill the rest of the way through. Repeat this step with the other 26 inch piece.
By drilling only half way through each side it will prevent the wood from splintering or cracking.
Now change the drill bit back to a three thirty two inch bit. Make a pencil mark one inch in, at each of the top of the shortest edges of the twenty six inch pieces. If the board is standing straight up the marks should be on top. Then clamp those pieces to your bench and drill only about one inch down on the marks you just made.
Put these pieces aside for now. Take the two nineteen inch pieces and make a pencil mark one inch in, and three quarters of an inch down at each corner of one side. If the board is lying down flat, your marks will be on top. Use the drill guide with your countersink bit and drill through the marks you have just made, making sure that you only make your countersink hole only about half way through. Repeat this step with the other nineteen inch piece.
Now comes the fun part. Align your boards and screw holes to make a box shape. Screw them together using one and a half inch wood screws. Do not use power tools to tighten these screws, it could crack the wood.
Now cut the dowels about twenty inches long. Slide them straight through the holes on the side. You may have to use a thin strip of sandpaper or a round file on the holes so that the dowels will slide through smoothly.