Rustic Hat/Coat Rack

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Project by Sawdustmaker115 posted 01-31-2015 12:27 AM 1162 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello guys, It’s been awhile since i’ve posted here or even been on this site for that matter, I had to ditch the shop and head down to Florida because my grandpa isn’t doing well. :( Anyway I found some pictures of some projects I finished before I left that I’ve been meaning to post here and I thought some people on here may find this of interest.

This rack is made from a slab I harvested from a tree that was downed in my yard a number of years ago. After having this thing sitting in my shop for the last 2 years I’ve finally decided what I was going to do with it. So I turned it into a simple coat rack by flatting out the board and adding some random curves to the ends. Then by drilling out some holes to glue in some tree branches I made the hooks. For the finish I wanted to do something new(bad idea!), so I ventured into the idea of doing a french polish, this was a terrible idea and came out absolutely horrendous. After the third try I got sick of trying and figured it would never work, so after a few hours and a ton of shellac wasted, I just said ’’screw it’’ and I ended up just applying straight shellac with a bush and it came out, okay.

Maybe one of these days I’ll learn how to successfully do a french,. If any of you have a good reference for doing this type of finish please leave me a link. Constitutive criticism is welcome, so please do leave an honest opinion.

Thanks for looking!!! :)

-- Anthony--

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#1 posted 01-31-2015 12:39 AM

I love the ‘Dutchman’s holding the split shut. As far as finish goes, we all learn as we go and I have a long way to go.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#2 posted 01-31-2015 12:50 AM

I love the Dutchman s holding the split shut. As far as finish goes, we all learn as we go and I have a long way to go.

- Dave Rutan

...that was my very first try at doing the butterfly’s, and I still can’t really believe I got them in there perfectly with no gaps, thanks very much dave for the complement

-- Anthony--

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#3 posted 01-31-2015 12:50 PM

Anthony, sorry to hear about your Grandpa. Hope he’s doing better. It’s a great feeling to make something out of wood you’ve harvested yourself. The butterflies/bow-ties caught my eye as well. Nice job! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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