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.
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 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.
Lightly sand, then glue dowels into holes, and from behind screw into place using #8 1-1/2” wood screws.
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.
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.
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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Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 4 hours
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