Organ Leg Coat Rack Video Series #1: Getting started

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 09-21-2013 02:14 PM 1783 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In progress:

We inherited my father-in-law’s mother’s organ when she passed away. It has been in our extra room, but now that we have a second kid, it had to go. It didn’t work and we didn’t feel right trashing it, so I gutted it and decided to make stuff with the wood.

The first thing I am making is a coat rack for my father-in-law’s office out of the legs. It was my wife’s idea and I thought it would be pretty cool and challenging.

Since it is a special project I decided to video the process. It is kinda fun so who knows, maybe I’ll just keep making videos.

It’s still in progress, but I posted part 1 on YouTube.

You can watch the video here.

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#1 posted 09-22-2013 01:00 AM

Nice save. I really like how you did the base and legs.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 09-24-2013 02:30 AM

Hey Cliff—

The base and legs that you came up with are a really nice design from what I can see. I’m very impressed that you are working wood with an obviously limited supply of tools. You Sir would make Steve Ramsey proud. Next time you do a glue up of four boards like in this video try two boards at a time—then glue the two glue-ups together. It might be a bit less frustrating for you and result in less re-squaring of the glued block. Just a thought. I look forward to seeing your second installment. Keep up the good work.


-- Deek

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 08:32 AM

Doug: thanks so much for the encouraging words and the tip! I didn’t think about doing glue up that way. I think my main problem was the size of my clamps. All I have is what you saw in the video – four 24” and two 12”. The weight of the bar was heavier than the block so it kept pulling the block out of alignment. It was very frustrating. I cut a lot of that part out because it was just me fumbling around the whole time. Some 6” clamps would’ve been ideal, I think…

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#4 posted 09-27-2013 04:24 PM

Cliff you and I are in the same boat. Not much time, money or space to devote to this wonderful world of woodworking, but we persevere and enjoy the process immensely.

I started in feb/march of this year, so I havent been doing this too long, but its funny how I also have usurped the garage, pushed all the junk to one side and built up my shop.

I have been seeing FREE pianos on craigslist (out of tune, broken keys etc) and some of that wood is gorgeous. I love your idea of reusing something that you didnt feel right about throwing out due to its history and sentimental value.

Big props bro! Great design. That fact that you’re making a gift with it for your father-in-law is [email protected]$$

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#5 posted 09-27-2013 09:46 PM

Palas: Word. I’m totally with you on the time and money thing. I look forward to the day that I can go buy something I need for woodworking without feeling like I’m sabotaging our oh-so-tight budget. And time . . . I’ve got two kids, so I feel guilty some days for spending any time in the shop. The only time I don’t feel guilty is after the kids are asleep, but by then I’m too tired and I’m thinking about the alarm going off at 4:30am.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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