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Project by Ben posted 1294 days ago 3998 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coat rack/tree is constructed from solid walnut. I debated between trying to track down some 8/4 walnut or just gluing two boards together. For aesthetic reasons I chose full 2 inch stock. The walnut has some really nice figure to it.

The plans called for wood screws on the corbels. I did not want to have any visible screws (or plugs) so I made sliding dovetails instead. The dovetails should add siginificantly more strength than the screws. The base is constructed with half lap dados.

It is finished with four coats of wipe on satin poly.

This was one of the easier projects I have tackled in a while.

If anyone is interested in a doable weekend project that doesn’t require a lot of lumber, the plans are available in The Complete Book of Woodworking. I bought the book at Lowes. You should be able to build it with a 2×6 (8/4) and a 1×8.

This was a gift for my brother. After he took it to work, I received an order from one of his co-workers for the same tree in cherry.

Thanks for looking and have a great Christmas,

Ben





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MichaelA

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#1 posted 1294 days ago

Ben, you just gotta love that walnut its got beautiful grain and so rich looking.
Nice project.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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Ben

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#2 posted 1294 days ago

Thanks Michael.

I just checked out your projects and I am blown away. It’s hard to fathom that someone can turn a block of wood into an exact likeness of a person. The Samantha Gates carving is especially compelling.

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 1294 days ago

Beautiful coat tree and the Walnut has some great figure in it .

ps: I like your taste in hardware : )
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/33349

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 1294 days ago

Ben, you did a good job on it and I know that he will love it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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matt garcia

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#5 posted 1294 days ago

Very nice, Ben!! I love walnut! I was at Clarke’s here in Houston a few weeks ago, in their rough stock warehouse, and saw the most beautiful piece of walnut. It had crotch grain, a couple of knots, and some curlyy figure to it. It was 16” wide, and 12’ long, 8/4. I was looking for some nice figured 8/4 cherry for a platform bed I am planning. Intersting what you find looking for other species of lumber for a project!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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dpow

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#6 posted 1294 days ago

Great looking coat tree Ben. Your brother will love it, especially because you made it. Merry Christmas!

-- Doug

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Maveric777

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#7 posted 1294 days ago

Good stuff Ben, and hats off for taking the extra step on the corbels. Its not about the easy way. Its about the right way.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Jero

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#8 posted 1273 days ago

I made 2 of the same coat-racks off of the same plan, only out of 8/4 Ash. It’s a nice simpler project to work on, except for the variation that you did, with the sliding dovetails vs screws. Looks great. And what a coincidence, I also have the same pill-top coat hooks.

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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