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Edward in Vancouver
A while back I posted seeking advice for making some racks for a commerical fridge and freezer for my store. Problem was the wire racks that were supplied with the friges were just too flimsy, and would sag and bend and pop out of thier standards if any significant weight was put on them. I could order new ones, but they are made of the same material, and besides, after a few years that plastic coating on the wire grids fails and flakes off. Wood is better...
The racks shown in the picture are about 9 mths old now, and I have several in the freezer about 8 mths old. All are holding up just fine.
Health inspector didn't comment or even notice at the last inspection.
They are constructed of 5/4 plain-sawn Doug fir. Teak, white oak, mahogany, and, I think, Ipe, were suggested, but-tum,ahh..., I do have a budget. I had neither the time or patience to moritice all of those slats in (24 racks in total, 8 slats per rack) so I dadoed the rails and glued the slats in, then glued on a "skin" to cover up.
I will never, ever, ever, use foaming glue again.............
Finish is....(drum roll please) Ikea's propietory "Behandla" finish. Weird stuff, thin and white, but dries clear, reading the label, it contains beeswax, mineral oil and "other" oils, guaranteed foodsafe. I can re-aopply if neccesary.
If I can figure out how to post more pics, I still have 2 half finsihed racks that I can photograph and post.
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