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Make this artful, easy-to-build coat rack for a hall, closet, or the garage.
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Sand all the 1 x 2 material with 120-grit sandpaper prior to making cuts to speed the assembly process.
Cut the stiles (A) and rails (B) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List and Cutting Diagram). Assemble the frame using glue and screws (Project Diagram, Drawing 1) driven through the back face of the rails into the stiles. To ease the assembly, use 6-inch-long spacers between the stiles.
Sand the frame to remove any sharp edges.
Cut to length the blanks (C), (E), (F), and (G) for the hooks (Project Diagram, Cutting List, and Cutting Diagram). Make a 45-degree cut on one end of each hook (Project Diagram, Drawing 2) and save the cutoffs to use as angle cleats (D).
Position each miter cut so the edge of the blade is even with the corner of the hook. This will lengthen the hooks and the cleats will be more uniform in size.
Apply glue to an angle cleat and attach to a hook (Project Diagram, Drawing 3). The grain of the wood for both parts should be running parallel to each other to ensure the strongest connection between the parts. Hold them together using painter’s tape and allow to dry. Repeat for the remaining cleats and hooks.
After applying glue, rub the pieces together to complete what is called a rub-joint. The glue will form a quick bond between the parts. It only requires a bit of tape to keep the parts from shifting while the glue dries and helps you position parts accurately that are difficult to clamp.
Mark the hook assembly locations on the front of the stiles (Project Diagram, Drawing 4). Apply glue to the back of the hooks and attach them to the coat rack. Use tape to hold them while the glue sets up.
After the glue has cured, stand the coatrack on edge and clamp it to your bench. Drill a countersunk pilot hole though the stile into each hook. The screw should be roughly centered on the connections (Project Diagram, Drawing 3). Now drive a 2-1/2-inch-long wood screw to complete the connection.
Sand all the corners of the coat hooks and touch up any rough spots.
Prime and paint the wood per the manufacturer’s instructions. Lightly sanding between coats with a fine-grit sanding sponge will improve the feel of the painted finish when you’re done. A few coats of a wipe-on polyurethane is an easy-to-apply alternative to paint.
Place the coat rack against the wall, locate the studs with an electronic stud finder, and screw it in place. You can countersink the holes, fill them, and touch up the paint as we did or use panhead screws and leave them exposed.
We installed this coat rack in a bedroom, but you can also add one near an entryway or in a garage.