A coat hanger I made, would gladly hear suggestions to improve it

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Project by walkingjohn posted 08-19-2016 10:03 PM 949 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello wood lover fellows

Here is a coat hanger I prototyped from 6 different woods I had lying around the shop (oak, iroko, walnut, sipo, pine, and ash), I’m half happy about the design and would like to see if some fellows out here have ideas on how to make it more practical. I’m especially looking to integrate elements to attach bags or coats for kids.

I made a video about the building process here :

Let me know if you have suggestions for improvements of any kind,



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#1 posted 08-20-2016 04:26 AM

Nice job!

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#2 posted 08-20-2016 05:04 PM

It looks really nice. Is the little shelf half way up big enough to set keys and other small things? My only concerns are about the end of the hooks. 1) They come to a sharp point and may be hard on fabric especially knit things. 2) It looks like some jackets might not stay hung on the flat part of the hook. Test this out I could easily be wrong about both of these. Good work.

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#3 posted 08-20-2016 05:33 PM

i think this looks awesome and wouldn’t change a thing. I’ll assume a couple of leather jackets on one side only and it still stays up as most people will put in a corner and only half gets used

if more accessible hooks are needed for kids then perhaps the same idea half way down. It could be simplified version though as the feature is on top
great job

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 08-20-2016 07:23 PM

Thank you for the kind words fellows, I write down every suggestion for V2. I think Whistlingwoodies might be right about sharp angles, I’ll try to soften those…
The kids hooks are a great suggestion too…

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#5 posted 08-21-2016 12:19 PM

I suggest tapering the upper hooks from post to point to about a 3/8-1/2” width. they look slightly heavy in proportion to the base. The form/shape is nice, just needs to be thinner at the tips. Other than that I think it’s awesome. Nice form, interesting with the hollow neck and the tray below. It’s a keeper for sure.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#6 posted 08-22-2016 08:33 PM

Good start I would ask, Have you hung coats on it? It looks to me like it could be prone to tipping over if someone haphazardly threw a heavy coat onto it.

I agree with the top hangers being too beefy and the sharp corners. May also add the legs could use a taper to soften the look.

For additional hangers I would think a horizontal piece placed between the two vertical “posts” with a slight upward angle would match the design. It would be sandwiched between the two posts. Or mirroring the legs in a scaled down version, and putting them upside down from the mini table top may look good.

Just my .02. Thanks for posting!

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#7 posted 08-22-2016 08:58 PM

Thanks for all the brillant ideas, you guys are great ! Tipping over shouldn’t be an issue, the whole thing is very heavy and stable. But the sharp edges are definitely to look into !!

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