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Project by Phil Brown posted 04-25-2007 08:19 PM 1685 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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PanamaJack

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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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CharlieM1958

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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"

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Phil Brown

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#3 posted 04-25-2007 08:41 PM

Woodburning a scene and painting it for effect works great.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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Phil Brown

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#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.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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dennis mitchell

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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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woodspar

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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?

-- John

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Phil Brown

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#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.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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Don

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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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jockmike2

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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 -

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Phil Brown

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#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!

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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Don

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#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.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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