How to Build a Luggage Stand
Luggage stands are an easy-to-make furniture addition to your home. Whether you place the stand in your guest bedroom to make it easy for guests to unpack and store their clothing or use it in your room when you prepare for a trip, you will appreciate the new luggage rack. Making your luggage stand will require a weekend of work and a little patience, but you will be happy about how your final product looks.
Cut your wood. You will need two 24-inch by 2½-inch by 5/8-inch pieces and two 15-inch by 5/8-inch leg pieces.
Sand the wood and paint it. Do not paint the wood edges, except the edges of the two 24-inch by 2½-inch by 5/8-inch pieces. Allow the paint to dry overnight before continuing the project.
Cut five strips of fabric that are 27-inch long and 3½-inch wide. Press a ¼-inch hem along both long sides of the fabric. Stitch these hems and press a ¼-inch hem on the short raw edges. Turn the short edges under 3½ inches and stitch through all layers to create a pocket.
Drill a hole 13½ inches from the bottom of the 15-inch leg boards. Put a No. 10 by 1¼-inch spacer through one leg and put a ¼-inch flat washer over this spacer. Install the other spacer through the other leg.
Install a No. 8 flat head washer on the No.10-32 wood screw and put it through the spacer in the leg. Put a No. 8 washer on the wood screw and attach the leg assembly securely. Use a nylon insert nut to keep the leg in place. Repeat these steps to create another set of legs.
Open the legs to create an "x." Measure about 4 inches from the bottom of each leg and mark the spot with a pencil. Use a clamp brace with a bar clamp to secure the legs. Drill a 1/8-inch by 2-inch hole at the pencil mark. The hole should penetrate the legs and enter the brace. Use wood glue to secure the brace ends and attach the legs to the brace with the wood screws.
Slide both 24-inch by 2½-inch by 5/8-inch boards through the fabric pockets and space the fabric evenly across the boards. Place the boards on the legs and make the legs even with the inside edges of the 24-inch by 2½-inch by 5/8-inch boards. The top boards should overlap the legs by about 1¾-inch on each end.
Drill 1/8-inch by 2-inch holes through the top boards and into the legs. The holes should be about 2 inches from the ends of the top board. Repeat this step for all legs.
Remove the top boards and put glue on the ends of the legs. Replace the top boards and screw them into the legs with wood screws.
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