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Coat Rack

Project Overview

Coat Rack

Simple but stylish, this whimsical coat rack adds personality to any foyer or mudroom, especially when you build it from your own design.

8 Steps

  1. DESIGN TEMPLATE
  2. CUT DESIGN
  3. CUT DOWEL
  4. ATTACH DOWEL
  5. ATTACH SHELF
  1. SAND SURFACE
  2. PAINT SURFACE
  3. ATTACH MIRROR
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DESIGN TEMPLATE

Step 1

DESIGN TEMPLATE

Start by designing your own shape for the coat rack. Create a template (to use as a pattern to cut the form from MDF) on a large sheet of paper or kraft paper. To ensure uniformity, especially with unusual shapes, fold the paper in half vertically; apply the design to half the page, then cut the folded paper to reveal the entire shape. Tape template to a sheet of 4’ x 8’ x 3/4” MDF.

CUT DESIGN

Step 2

CUT DESIGN

Using a jigsaw, cut along outer edge of template. Mark 12 (or as many as you choose) hole centers for dowelling (which will be used as hooks) and remove template. Cut two pieces of 3/4” MDF from what is left of the 4’ x 8’ sheet (5”W x length of template each.) Glue and clamp them together. Once secured, remove clamps and sand excess glue.

CUT DOWEL

Step 3

CUT DOWEL

Cut 12 pieces from the 1/-1/4” dowel making each 5-1/2” long. Prime all pieces with primer sealer and let dry. Using a 1-1/4” Forsner bit, drill holes 1/2” deep on coat rack on all 12 hole centers marked previously.

ATTACH DOWEL

Step 4

ATTACH DOWEL

Lightly sand, then glue dowels into holes, and from behind screw into place using #8 1-1/2” wood screws.

ATTACH SHELF
ATTACH SHELF

Step 5

ATTACH SHELF

Draw a line across the coat rack where shelf is to go. Countersink four holes along the line, staying well in from edges. Glue and screw the shelf from behind using #8 1-1/2” wood screws.

SAND SURFACE

Step 6

SAND SURFACE

Sand all surfaces with 220-grit sandpaper.

PAINT SURFACE

Step 7

PAINT SURFACE

Paint first coat of finish colour and let dry. Sand with 320-grit sandpaper. Then wipe down with tackless cloth and apply finish coat. Redo step 13 until desired finish is achieved.

ATTACH MIRROR

Step 8

ATTACH MIRROR

Using PL premium caulking, glue the back of the mirror and apply to the center of the coat rack while it’s lying down. Let dry for 4 hours before hanging. There are two options for hanging your coat rack. You can attach picture hooks and picture wire to the back of the coat rack. Or, you can locate walls studs using a stud finder, then put screws into wall. Mark the location of screws into the back of the coat rack, router two holes and place on wall.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

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