Beetle Kill Pine Slab Hall Tree Coat Rack Chest

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Project by RockyBlue posted 09-10-2011 02:55 AM 7420 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Hall Tree stands 6.5 feet tall, 37” wide and 18” deep. Finish is Watco natural danish oil and 3 coats of Diamond poly semi gloss. The wood is all Beetle Kill lodgepole from Colorado and the 2” thick slabs were from a tree I cut myself from our gold mine near 10,000 ft elevation. I just got 7 more logs a few days ago so I should have a busy winter.

The storage chest for shoes is made with 3” square posts and 2×3 rails. To secure the T&G panels I cut a tongue on each end 3/8 thick to fit a dado in the top and bottom rails. Pocket hole joints and a few dowels with glue hold the whole bench together. The lid is 5” wide planks secured to a 30” continuous hinge. The bench was very easy to build and strong, so I think I will use this method for toy boxes and other chests and benches in the future.

The coat rack slabs are one piece about 15” wide split into. For the hat and coat pegs I used Beaver chewed cottonwood sticks with a 1” round tenon cut on one end. I installed a steel threaded insert in the end and they are all bolted from the back. The center mirror is 12”x48”. The whole coat rack is bolted to the bench so that it can be moved in 2 pieces.

This piece will live happily in a small quiet Rocky Mountain town called Rifle.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#1 posted 09-10-2011 03:42 AM

Awesome, It looks great . very good build..

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#2 posted 09-10-2011 03:54 AM

love it, great job

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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#3 posted 09-10-2011 02:58 PM

Cool. Great design

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#4 posted 09-10-2011 04:53 PM

Very cool! Blondie and I intend to build or buy a Log home just before we retire and this would look great in it. Great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 09-10-2011 05:38 PM

that is awesome. very nice work.

-- Chad, Gilbert AZ and

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#6 posted 09-10-2011 05:59 PM

Awesome, nice work.

-- skip I'm a maine maniac

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#7 posted 09-11-2011 02:08 AM

WOW! Love the natural edge on the mirror. Great design, great look.


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#8 posted 09-11-2011 08:00 AM

Great use of the wood. Did you need to kill the bugs?

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#9 posted 09-11-2011 10:39 AM

The part i like best is the mitered mirror frame keeping the live edge on all sides. Really cool that way.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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