John F. Adams
The clothes rack here described is suitable for small halls where space is limited, and whatever arrangement is provided for holding the outer garments of visitors must of necessity be compact and with the greatest possible capacity. The illustration shows a a mirror, which will be appreciated by the ladies- and the gentlemen also; a small holder for umbrellas and a receptacle for rubbers, which is high enough to afford a low seat when putting them on. The frames for the umbrella holder are attached to the side most suitable for the location of the rack. The lower frame is made of a size to receive a small iron roasting pan, which is painted a color to match the wood and also to prevent rusting. It is easily removed to clean or empty water draining from wet umbrellas.
The rack requires two pieces 69 in. long and 1 3/4 in. square, two pieces 13 1/2 in. long, 6 in. wide and | in. thick. Mortises are cut in the centers of the upright pieces 1/2 in. deep and wide to receive the ends of the cross pieces, the top edges of the latter being located 2 in. and 33 1/2 in. from the tops of the uprights. Rabbets are cut 1/4 in. wide on the uprights and crosspieces and deep enough to permit of a mirror 13 x 36 in. being put in so the front will be 1/4 in. from the front edges of the cross pieces.
At the lower ends of the uprights cut grooves 8 1/4 in. long, $ in. wide and 1/2 id. deep to receive the ends of the side pieces and back of the box. Two front posts 8 1/2 in. long and 1 3/4 in. square are made, and grooves are cut for side and front pieces as at the back. The front and back are 13 1/2 in. long, 7 in. wide and 3/4 in. thick. The bottom is 13 1/4 in. long and 7 1/4 in. wide and is fastened by nailing through.
The top consists of two pieces 17 in. long and £ in. thick; the front one 8 1/2 in. wide, which is hinged to the back, which is 2 1/2 in. wide and nailed to the top of the sides and back. The corners will have to be cut out to fit around the two upright pieces so that the rear edge will be flush with the back edges of the uprights. It is also desirable to fit cleats to the ends of the hinged cover to prevent warping. If that is done, the cleats should be 1 1/2 in- wide and 3/8 in. thick and fastened by both glue and 5/8 in. wood screws.
The two frames for the umbrella holder are made from strips 1 x 3/4 in., the upper one measuring 6 x 8 in. outside, and the lower one somewhat longer. Inside of each corner put small angle irons for strength. If two large wooden curtain rings can be secured they will be more ornamental, and having no corners will be less liable to break.
The mirror is held in place by strips | in. wide, and a backing of a single piece 1/4 in. thick is desirable. A piece of thick manilla paper is put between the mirror and the backing and another sheet pasted on the outside, covering all cracks to keep out dust and moisture. The latter, condensing on the back of a mirror from changes of weather is what causes a mirror to become creased and spotted.
The woods most suitable for this rack are oak or mahogany, and as but little stck is required, the cost if mahogany is used, will not be large.