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These pine coat racks embellished with woodburned or painted scenes make a functional and pleasing addition to home decor.
I’ve sold dozens of these and really enjoy making and embellishing these projects.
-- Phil Brown, Ontario
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#1 posted 04-25-2007 08:25 PM
Lookin’ good Phil. I have made a lot of this type of a coat rack in the past myself.
I haven’t learned to wood burn this well yet, but now I’m going to try….
I had better go ahead and up the insurances on the house(?)!
Nice work Phil.
-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)
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#2 posted 04-25-2007 08:41 PM
Great looking racks! I’ll bet you could sell them like hotcakes at a craft show.
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"
#3 posted 04-25-2007 08:41 PM
Woodburning a scene and painting it for effect works great.
#4 posted 04-25-2007 08:44 PM
I’m set up for the show circuit with these. Every process has a jig. All I do is cut to length and width and run ‘em through the “factory”. The custom part is the finish.
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#5 posted 04-26-2007 03:05 AM
They have a nice handmade touch, with the painting.
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#6 posted 04-26-2007 03:13 AM
I have worked on some key racks. An artist paints the scene on it. Maybe I will post one.
This is a good idea, too. Thanks for posting. What are people willing to pay for this kind of work?
#7 posted 04-26-2007 07:35 AM
I’ve seen these very coatracks sell retail for $179 as far back as 1988 in certain boutiques. I sell them nowadays for $79 wholesale with reasonable artwork. A custom painting would double that price. These have been one of my most popular craft pieces. I also make smaller versions with 5 pegs and 3 pegs.
A taper jig works well for these pieces with a removeable spacer to cut the short and long angles on the same jig. I use a large forstner bit to cut the holes. If I paint a full scene I leave out the narrow dadoes on either side of the pegs.
The dadoes are a way of disguising glue lines if I use two pieces of wood, which has less tendency to warp than a solid 12” board.
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#8 posted 04-26-2007 09:08 AM
Phil. these are very nice. You might also think of making a rustic version with special nails for hooks, like the ones sold by Lee Valley. I’ve seen this with the second nail from the left.
-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/
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#9 posted 04-26-2007 01:32 PM
Looks like a project that would sell very easy. Also nice artwork, different methods are cool better than a decals of all the same thing.jockmike
-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -
#10 posted 04-26-2007 04:18 PM
Don. Great idea – you’ve got me goin’.
My route into the city to my trucking run takes me close to Lee Valley. Its one of my favorite places to shop.
I could even use barnboard with smooth stained or painted “roofs”. The weathered wood with the rustic nails… I’m headin’ for the shop!
#11 posted 04-27-2007 01:43 AM
Phil, glad you like the idea. Combined with barnboards these would be lovely. Please remember to show us the result.
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