In the making of this pipe rack there is room for the young carpenter to exercise considerable ingenuity, particularly in arranging the decoration in the center. If a nice shiny picture tile can be found, the wood should be hollowed out and the tile set in, or, if it is not too thick, it may be held on the outside by means of small strips fastened around like a frame. If a tile cannot be found, a picture printed on card or heavy paper will answer, but this must not be put on until after the staining and waxing is done. When the time comes, use a little glue and pile on heavy books to keep it from wrinkling.
The wood should be three-quarters of an inch thick. The pattern may be marked out directly on the board or upon a smooth flat sheet of paper.
After studying the drawing it will be noted that the outline is controlled by parts of circles drawn from the five center points indicated by the black dots. When these circles are drawn, no difficulty will be found in completing the outline with pencil and ruler. As the compasses will not be large enough to draw the top curve, drive in a pin at the point A and use a piece of string looped around the pencil. Saw away the extra wood, cutting almost to the line, then trim with the knife and plane, finishing with sandpaper on a block. In order to get the edge flat all the way round, test it every little while with the square, otherwise you are sure to spoil the outline.
The pattern for the shelf piece may be readily sketched out on paper if three rows of one-inch squares are first drawn. The pencil and string will again be found useful in drawing the long curve. Bore the holes before trimming the edges off, and as soon as the point of the bit is felt coming through, take it out and bore from the other side, so as not to tear off splinters. Sandpaper the insides and the edges of the holes smooth and then fasten the shelf in place with nails driven in from behind.
The three large rings may be used for more pipes or else for neckties. If the rings cannot be found around the house, the harness store can supply them, and also the small strips of leather to attach them, all of which should be done after staining and waxing.