Space Saving Wood Trim Drying Rack

Finish and dry hundreds of feet of trim in a day

Need to finish a lot of trim or woodwork? Instead of spreading it out over the whole garage to dry, set it on a vertical drying rack. One rack can dry as much as a few hundred feet, yet only take up a narrow strip of floor space.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Building the rack

Have a whole bunch of trim to finish? This rack is easy to set up and takes up hardly any floor space—and it holds so much that you can finish all your trim at once.

All you do is pound 16d nails about 6 in. apart into 8-ft.-long 2x4s and screw the 2x4s to the wall. No open wall space? Clamp them to your garage door track. Just make sure you unplug the opener! There's your drying rack. Slather on the stain, varnish, paint, whatever—and then rest the pieces on the rack until they're dry.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Tape measure

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 2x4 x 8s
  • 16d finish nails