Frugal Woodworking #2: Homemade coat rack

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Blog entry by daveysprocket posted 02-04-2009 04:13 PM 4442 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Another money-saving (I hope) project that I did recently was a coat rack made from a couple of old wooden skis my grandfather left to me. He had two pairs from his youth that were still in pretty good shape. I still can’t believe people used these things.

Again, my wife and I were looking through catalogs (Pottery Barn or something similar) and saw that they had old wooden skis made into coat racks and hung on a wall. We got to think…Hey, we have skis!!! But look what they are getting for them. Let’s make some!!

We had two sets, one large and one small. We figured we could use them all in our mud room for all of our coats and the little skis would take care of the kids stuff. So we went out to get hooks. No matter where we looked, the hooks would average around $3 each!! If I put 8 hooks on each, that would put me at around $100!! Who would have thought.

Here’s what I did. I took some scrap hardwood strips, one 2” or so wide and another about 1 1/2” wide and but joint glued them 90 degrees along their length. I reinforced the inside angle with another strip ripped at 45 and glued in place. A very thin piece was tacked onto the end of the longer leg as a lip. I tacked everything together with a brad nailer spaced at regular intervals that I could keep track of the brads.

Once everything cured, I sliced half inch or so (maybe wider) slices off all along its length with my miter saw to create lots of coat hooks!! I wish I could post a picture of this, but am not real clear how to in the blogs. One countersunk hole was drilled in the middle of the lower leg and angle piece for attachment to the skis. I then primed them then spraypainted them with oil rubbed bronze spraypaint to create what looks like wrought iron hooks. They were equally spaced and screwed with short deck screws to the skis. My only out of pocket expense was the screws (found on sale by the way).

Now we can hang all our coats in a stylish manner without much out of pocket costs. You could also simply use boards you have kicking around instead of skis too

Stay tuned for the next one…...

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