Company: Sandford Woodworking
Owner: Stuart Sandford
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I made this coat rack out of 3/4″ x 11″x 8′ white pine. You don’t have to use white pine, but it is readily available and most home improvement warehouses carry it. It is a good material to use though because it shrinks and swells less than red oak and maple, as well as certain other types of wood. You can get it with a lot of knots or clear as a bell, it just is up to you as to what you are creating.
Tom Caspar of popularwoodworking.com says of white pine (and I agree) “It has a uniform texture with inconspicuous growth rings, unlike construction lumber. You won’t have the aggravation of catching an edge while planing or paring through alternating sections of soft earlywood and hard latewood. Your plane or chisel just glides right through the wood–except the knots, of course.”
The coat rack demensions and sizes are:
3/4″ × 11″ × 8′
1/8″ × 3″ × 8′ thin wood
I also purchased the metal hooks – use whatever you would like as long as they do the job. The double hooks though are better to me because as simple as this sounds, sometimes we don’t think of it – it will hang two items in one spot instead of one.
I cut the 3/4″ × 11″ × 8′ down to 5′ 2″ long. After this I notched out both ends about halfway through 3/4″ of an inch then found the center and notched out the center 3/4″ wide then cut 3 pieces. One for the center and one for each end.
Once I figured out what kind of design I wanted for my supports for the top I then proceeded to cut them out. Used 120 grit sandpaper to start and then sanded them to perfection. I sanded it one more good time with the 220 grit after this. You can keep going with the finer grit, but 220 is fine to me for a coat rack.
After sanding, my router was used across the top of each long peace top in the back, and notched it out so they fit together smoothly. To give it some character, I added the rectangular designs and shapes that are running in the center of the back piece. Then I sanded it like the rest.
I stained it then added a number of coats of polyurethane to give it a nice finish. Added my books to the top and it looks great!
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