I finally decided that "I can build a bottle drainer!" And if I couldn't, then I would probably learn something along the way.
I used a 1" x 4" pine board that I cut to 11" with a small hand saw.
Next I used the highly scientific method of figuring out how much space I would need between the dowels-- I put some bottles on the board and marked where the middle of the bottle hit without the bottles touching. I came up with 3" on center between bottles.
I wasn't sure how tall to make the dowels, so I stuck the dowel into the bottle and added about an 1 1/2" to the end. I didn't want the bottle sitting on the wood or it wouldn't drain. And I had to remember to add about 3/4" for the dowel to fit into the wood.
I used a 3/8" dowel and cut it with...... the pruning shears! I thought the dowel was probably just like a small branch on a tree anyway, and I didn't want to use the saw if I didn't have to. The dowels for the bottles to sit on were cut to 8 1/2"
I also wanted a shorter dowel to put the nipples on. So I put a nipple and ring on the end of the dowel and added about an inch to the end I came up with a 3" length.
Next I pounded the dowels into the holes that I had drilled. Some went all the way to the bottom of the board, but some were a little short. I wasn't concerned about perfection, this is a serviceable tool and I don't plan on selling them.
|It works! I use it every day. I even use it for drying plastic bags that I want to re-use.|