How To Make A Modern Coat Rack – Woodworking Projects

How To Make A Modern Coat Rack – Woodworking Projects


‘S’koin’ on Craftswrights, in this video
I’ll show you how to make these…modern coat racks. To start, I’m going to rip down and dimension
my 1×6 to size. I’m making the natural finished version out of oak and the stained/painted
versions out of poplar. Poplar is a relatively inexpensive and soft hardwood making it a
great option for simple DIY projects. It also takes paint and stain very well which is perfect
for me because I always feel guilty altering nice hardwood. Feels like sacrilege almost.
Just makes me feel….dirty. If you have a hard time staining nice hardwood
instead of letting it’s natural beauty shine, consider hitting that subscribe and bell button
so I know I’m not alone. If you’re already a subscriber, thank you for your continued
support. Now the real trick to making this project
so easy is these little guys (holds up dowel and metal thing) but we’ll get to that later
in the build. Next I’ll lay out the corner radiuses…radii?…corner
circles with a compass before marking the locations of the dowel holes. For exact measurements
I have plans available that I’ve linked in the description below. I’ll cut the corners off at the bandsaw,
cutting a little proud of the lines, before refining at the belt sander. If you don’t
have either of these tools, this can also be done with a jigsaw and orbital sander pretty
easily. After a lot of trial and error I found an
auger bit to be the best tool for drilling the dowel holes, regardless if you’re using
a drill press or a quick drilling jig for a handheld drill. A forstner bit chatters
around too much, a hole saw cuts a very loose joint, and finding a ¾” standard bit can
be difficult and expensive. Just go slow with the auger bit. Like real
slow. Otherwise the pilot bit might grab the wood as it’s supposed to and pull the workpiece
causing problems. I also found the auger bit won’t cause much tearout, if any, if you
go slow and steady with your drilling. A piece of painters tape on the back of the stock
helps too. For those of you that don’t have a drill
press but still want to drill accurate, repeatable, angled holes….I got choo. Cut two triangles at the correct angle with
the saw of your choice, and glue together. Mark on a squared piece of scrap wood where
you want your hole to go then place the tip of your bit on that mark and tilt it, moving
the bit and the triangle block until they’re flush. Glue it down then add a fence to keep
the bit straight and you’re good to go. Eventually this will wear out, but it’ll
get you by in a pinch. The marking lines will also help you line up your jig for drilling. I cut my dowel to length at the miter saw.
For the oak I opted to make my own dowel from the offcuts I had. It’s easier than you
think, and less expensive than buying premade hardwood dowel. I picked up the technique
from Izzy Swan’s channel which you should definitely check out if you’re unfamiliar
with him. Sending positive thoughts your way Izzy! Drilling the hole needed at the end of the
dowel to accept the metal knob screw can be a little challenging to get right, but another
simple jig makes this easy. Since an auger or forstner bit has a centered pilot, you
can drill about a half an inch into a piece of hardwood scrap, then continue that hole
with the size bit needed and you have a very accurate little jig that fits snuggly over
your dowel and guides your drill bit. I sanded everything to 220 before glue up.
This is easier when everything is disassembled. I used very little glue for the assembly since
the dowel joints are so snug. It’s mostly there as backup. Sorry glue. Hammer your dowels in until the edge just
meets up with the back face of the stock. This helps make sure the coat hangers all
protrude the same distance. Be careful when hammering your dowels in as the top of the
dowel needs to stay flat and square to mate flush with the metal knob. I forgot about
this and accidentally mushroomed two of the dowels. After the glue has dried, I flush cut the
waste and sanded the back flat before filling any unwanted gaps with wood putty. Or you
could use glue and sawdust. Your choice. Either way, another quick tip to make cleaning
up your fill job easier is to use a chisel to do the majority of the work before sanding
away the rest. Now I’ll stain one of the coat racks a super
dark brown and off camera paint the 3rd one white. Lately I’ve been really fond of using
water based leather dye to stain my wood. It works so much better than traditional stain.
It’s very easy to quickly build color, or take a little away if you went too dark. The
only thing to be aware of is the dye is water based, so you need to raise the grain with
water and then cut back the fuzzies with fresh sandpaper. If you skip this, your finish will
be rough. For the top coat I used trusty shellac. 3
coats, scuffing with 320 grit sandpaper in between before paste wax. Remember when I said you could take a little
color away if you went too dark with the dye? Well I forgot about that. If you opt to go
the dye route, and I suggest you do, try and spray your first layer of top coat on, or
move very quickly with the shellac otherwise you run the risk of pulling up color with
the alcohol that’s in the shellac like I did. While the finish is drying, I prepped the
metal cap knobs. The ones I used came in several different colors and come with their own screws,
there’s a link to them in the description. I locked in the threads with super glue before
cutting off the screw heads with a dremel. You could also do this with a hacksaw. I glued the metal caps to their dowels using
thick CA glue and painters to tape to hold them in position. While I was attaching the keyhole mounting
brackets to the backs of the coat hangers I had the thought that if I were to do this
project again I would probably finish the sides, front, and dowels before glue up since
it was pretty hard to get a finish I was happy with on account of all the angles and things
I had to work around. If you like woodworking projects like this,
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9 thoughts on “How To Make A Modern Coat Rack – Woodworking Projects”

  • Awesome video man, funny enough we're working on a coat hanger project ourselves! Will definitely use some of your tips in the video

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  • Thank you for sharing your techniques. I totally back you up on making your own dowels! It’s a lot cheaper than buying them pre cut. We are not woodworking experts but we like gaining inspiration and knowledge from others so we just subscribed 😊 Thanks for sharing!