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Crisscross Rack How-To

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2004


  • 11 strips of 1 1/8 inch lattice (see list below)

  • Spring or A clamps

  • Drill with 1/2-inch bit

  • Wood glue

  • 14 Shaker-style wooden pegs


  1. Lattice: Cut and label the following pieces of 1 1/8-inch lattice:
    Four 53 1/2-inch-long pieces (use a pencil to number them 1, 2, 10, and 11)
    Two 40-inch-long pieces (number them 4 and 5)
    Three 55-inch-long pieces (number them 3, 6, and 7)
    Two 38-inch-long pieces (number them 8 and 9)

  2. After you have cut your lattice strips and before securing all the joints and drilling holes, mark each piece of lattice 4 inches from each end. Stack the wood loosely in the shape of the rack; all ends should overlap each other by 4 inches.

  3. Use the lattice to create an isosceles triangle: Diagonally place strip 1 as the left side, then strip 2 as the right side. Remember, the tips should extend 4 inches beyond the joint.

  4. To create the bottom of the large triangle, lay strip 3 on top horizontally.

  5. Use strips 4 and 5 to create an X on top of the triangle; each of the top ends of the X should overlap the triangle sides 9 1/2 inches below the triangle point.

  6. Lay strip 6 horizontally across center of the X.

  7. Lay strip 7 horizontally across the top of the X, crossing the other pieces where the X meets the large triangle.

  8. Lay strips 8 and 9 vertically to make sides of rack.

  9. With strip 7 as the bottom side, diagonally lay strips 10 and 11 to create an inverted triangle (this will also make a diamond in the center of both triangles).

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