Pasta Drying Rack

My wife has begun making pasta with an attachment on her large stand mixer. Now that she has made a couple of batches she's expecting to be doing it a lot more. A while ago she told me she wanted a rack for drying the fresh noodles.

Her first idea was for me to build something that would expand for use and contract for storage; sort of like the old fashioned clothes bars my mother used to dry clothing in the house years ago. (I should mention that my 93-year-old dad still prefers them to our dryer, and has a set in his apartment downstairs.)

After a bit of thought, she settled on the idea that the rack should turn. The other stipulation was that it had to disassemble for flat storage. The rack I built does exactly that. There is no glue, and there are no metal fasteners or parts of any kind. The pieces fit snugly, but the top, the post, and the base can all be disassembled and laid flat. At the moment, even the dowels can be removed, though I am not certain that will be a lasting feature. This piece is 100% Maple. I didn't apply any finish. She didn't feel she needed it. We'll see whether that was a wise decision after she has used and cleaned it a few times.

To make this, I began with a square piece of four-quarter Maple. I found the center of this piece and laid out sixteen evenly spaced lines, which would eventually become the marks for drilling the holes for the sixteen dowels you see in the image below. Once the lines were in place, I cut the piece round and then continued each line down the side of the stock. I then marked a line all the way around the circle exactly in the center of its thickness. Where that line and each of the dowel markers crossed was the center point for drilling. I set the piece up in the drill press and drilled each hole about three quarters of an inch deep. The rest of this project is pretty easy to figure out.
As always, I welcome your comments and questions.
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