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These coat trees look like they were inspired by real trees. Turn copper parts and painted dowels into a handy hanger for your entryway or mudroom.
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Download and print the Wall-Mounted Coat Tree Layout Guide showing the assembly of both versions of the coat trees. (You can customize the dowel lengths as you prefer.) From 7/8-inch dowels, cut 15 connector dowels 1-5/8 inches long for both coat trees.
A miter saw with a stop block makes repetitive cuts quick and easy.
For Version 1 of the coat tree, cut two dowel pieces 3-3/4 inches and one each at 15-1/2 inches, 6-3/4 inches, 6-1/4 inches, 5-1/4 inches, 4 inches, 3-1/2 inches, and 2-1/4 inches. For version 2, cut dowels 14-3/4-inches, 7-3/4 inches, 6 inches, 5-1/2 inches, 4-1/4 inches, 4 inches, 3-3/4 inches, 3-1/2 inches, and 3-1/4 inches.
Inside each fitting that will be glued to a dowel, lightly sand the copper to roughen the surface and then wipe it clean. Following the Wall-Mounted Coat Tree Layout Guide, assemble the five arms on each hall tree from the tees to the caps using epoxy adhesive. All should lay flat on a work surface. After the epoxy cures, mask off the copper fittings and spray the dowels with three coats of white paint. Remove the tape after the final coat dries.
Sand and glue a 90-degree elbow to one end of the 15-1/2-inch dowel. Then glue a tee to the other end and place the assembly on a flat surface Arrange the elbow and tee so the openings rest flat against the surface as they later will against a wall. Repeat for the 14-3/4-inch dowel. After the epoxy cures, mask off the copper fittings and spray the dowels with three coats of white paint. Remove the tape after the final coat.
Sand and glue a cap to one end of a 3-3/4-inch and a 3-1/2-inch dowel. Glue the other end to the top opening of each tee on the topmost arm of each tree. After the epoxy cures, mask off the copper sections and arms, paint the dowels, and let dry.
From 1 x 2 scrap boards, cut 14 pieces varying from 3 inches to 6 inches long. On a flat work surface, assemble the arms at their tees using connector dowels and epoxy. Work quickly to add scrap boards to lift the arms off the work surface while keeping the mounting elbow and tee flat against the work surface. Let dry and repeat for the other coat tree.
Cut four pieces of dowel 1-1/4 inches long and drill centered and countersunk 5/32-inch holes the length of each dowel. Spray-paint these mounting dowels white.
Place the drilled mounting dowels in the tee and elbow of an assembled tree. Use a level to ensure the tree is upright as you press it against a wall where it will be mounted. Mark the dowel locations on the wall, remove the dowels, and drive 3-inch wood screws to fasten them on the wall. Repeat for the other coat tree.
For the most sturdy installation, screw mounting dowels into wall studs behind the drywall. Otherwise, use toggle-style wall anchors.
Apply epoxy to the inside of the elbow and tee attached to the long dowel, and press them onto the mounting dowels. Hold the coat tree in place or brace it until the adhesive cures. Repeat for the other coat tree.
Wall-mounted coat trees can be hung individually, in pairs, or in groups.