We’re heading into coat season. And if you’re tired of wearing jackets on chairs, dangling from handrails, or flipping over on the couch, it’s time to do something about it. You can build this simple coat rack in two to three hours. For materials, you don’t need anything more than a few pieces of 1×8 scrap pine, the longest of which should be 43 inches. If you buy lumber, one 8-foot piece of 1×8 pine will suffice. Grab some finishing nails, a can of spray paint, glue, and some coat hooks, and you’re ready to build.
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The carpentry here is very simple: rip, cut, and guide a decorative edge. We used a table saw and miter saw for our cuts. You can easily use a cordless mini circular saw, especially route the cross-cutters with a square.
Using a metric saw, cut the parts lengthwise as shown in the diagram, then tear off the parts to the width shown.
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Mark a 4-inch radius on the 6-inch parts that will become the end brackets. Pin the parts together, cutting both end arcs at the same time. lack bandsawyou can cut it with saw the jig. Manual sandblasting for curved cutting using 100 grit sandpaper.
Then, using a router and a bore hole, cut the decorative profile on the leading edge and ends of the top shelf.
Locate the bench hooks as shown in the drawing, and trace the outlines of the first and last hook. Next, make two 3⁄8-inch screw holes in the backing board, one behind each hook. Later, you’ll use these holes to mount the coat rack to the wall. I intentionally placed the screw holes behind the first and last coat hook, so that the hooks would hide the mounting screws. Space between two screw holes is 32 inches. In this way, the coat rack spans three nails, one at each end and one in the middle; Fixing it at the screws at both ends provides more than enough clamping force. You also don’t need to screw it into the center screw.
Apply two top coats of paint to all surfaces of each part. used Bohr Metallic Oil-Coated Bronze Spray Paint. Use sand gently between coats 220 grit sandpaperremove dust using a cloth tack before laying the next layer.
Glue and attach the end brackets to the back panel with 2″ finish screws. Next, apply glue to the upper edges of the backing board and brackets, and attach the top shelf.
After the rack is assembled, install the three center coat hooks. Hooks are spaced 8 inches (center) and 2 inches down from the top of the back panel. This provides adequate spacing for even bulky coats.
To mount the coat rack to the wall, first locate the studs in the wall with a stud finder. Mark the bracket location and measure 32 inches left or right to locate the other mounting screw. (Whether you measure left or right from that first stud location does not matter, as long as you can land on another stud and the mount is where you want it.) With the stud locations marked, take a level and mark a small level line in each stud, and drill a hole Pilot each stud, and drive the mounting screws there.
Everyone knows, however, that wall framing can be widely inaccurate. If you don’t hit a stud in the second position, you will need to drive a screw into the first stanchion, and then use the wall anchor in the second position. Due to the amount of wear and tear that the coat rack receives, we recommend that you use Toggle bolt there.
With the coat rack installed, install the two coat hooks on the ends to conceal the mounting screws. Now the only challenge is to get your kids to use the coat rack.
Joe is a carpenter and former cabinetmaker who writes extensively about rebuilding techniques, carpentry, and tools. He has written eight books and is a contributing editor to popular mechanics. As it appears in the file homeowner today TV show, co-host of weekly Homeowner radio program today. Joe writes from his home in Roxbury, Connecticut.
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