Maple Tree Coat Rack

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Project by WoodHoppa posted 11-11-2013 03:25 AM 2239 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a tree coat rack with walnut inlay. My design style is somewhat geometric and mission-like. I enjoy the wood splines that greene and greene incorporates and I love a smooth satiny finish that begs you to touch the wood.

It was made to break down so I could ship it to the customer. This presented some challenges but really made me think about the design and the process to build it. There are only 2 bolts to hold on the base. Normally that would be a snug fit and glued into place but it had to break apart and be easy to assemble. The rest of the parts simply fit together and are held in place by gravity or sliding joints. It stands about 6 feet tall and was finished with Sam Maloof’s oil/poly blend.

-- Mike Harman, WoodHoppa

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#1 posted 11-11-2013 04:44 AM

Cool design and a good build.

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#2 posted 11-11-2013 06:20 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


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#3 posted 11-11-2013 07:21 AM

Nicely built. When I worked the OHS group banned this style of coat rack, fall hazard,

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#4 posted 11-11-2013 01:21 PM

I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!.................Jim

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#5 posted 11-11-2013 01:34 PM

It’s a very creative design and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#6 posted 11-11-2013 03:39 PM

Very nice and elegant coat rack. I never considered making one until seeing this one.

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#7 posted 11-11-2013 09:58 PM

Impressive build on that fantastic coat rack! Looks sturdy! Very functional. Nice.

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#8 posted 11-12-2013 03:43 AM

This is very inventive…....great work…

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#9 posted 11-14-2013 03:07 PM

Looks great and well designed. Like the wood combo and finish. Great work!

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#10 posted 05-25-2016 03:39 AM

Looking to make a coat rack in the Greene and Greene style and noticed your fine effort. You mentioned using “2 bolts to hold on the base.” I can’t see a transition between the base and what is the pole. Could I ask what part is the base and how did you use the bolts? Would love to hear your thoughts if you see this. Thanks.

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#11 posted 05-25-2016 01:30 PM

The feet are two boards with a lap joint. They are inserted up into the trunk of the coat rack into a double bridle joint. Basically I cut out slots for the feet to stick out on every side. Usually I would make this a snug fit and glue it but since it needed to break down it is looser than normal and requires some hardware to hold the feet in place. I used toggle bolts (widely available at home centers) by drilling a hole through the feet and side of the base at the same time. I have also drilled long screws in from the bottom at an angle.

-- Mike Harman, WoodHoppa

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