Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Camp Clothes Rack
> I don't think it really matters where you put the lower stretcher - anyI've been going more and more to three-legged camp gear, just because even
> arrangement for 4 arms and 4 connection points can rack if you stress it
> If your camping spots tend to be nice and level and you're not too much
> of a
> clothes horse the shoulders on a lower stretcher would probably be
> sufficient to
> keep it from doing so - if you're really going to load this thing down and
> keep ending up on slopes you're going to need some kind of angled brace.
level ground is often lumpy enough to produce this racking problem you
mention. Besides racking strain on your joinery, four-legged items can be
just plain unstable, on ground where a three-legged item would be secure.
This can be an issue with something as tall as a clothes rack, especially
given how easy it is to snag the rack when removing something in a hurry.
I have no idea whether you could document a period example, but how about
using the tusk-tenon joinery to make a clothes rack with a triangular
footprint? It could have lots more room on it, given that it would all
knock down and store flat, and be more stable; also the more open interior
would help in drying damp garb and gear.
It could be joined out of narrow boards, or turned--like an oversize
version of a three-legged stool, without a seat.