Apartment Projects #17: Hanging it up...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 01-30-2013 10:59 AM 2683 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s Winter here and the White Season brings with it the need for heavy jackets…
We have closets for them, but they’re upstairs… Most of the time, the coats end up hanging on the Chair-backs in our kitchen, where they are ready-to-hand…
But no one wears the same coat every day, and we end up with half the wardrobe cluttering up the Kitchen!
There was a need here for a simple place to hang our Winter “Stuff”... Yesterday, I got a chance to fill that need…
The project idea was as straightforward as can be, Pegs in a Board… But rather than buy pegs, I just wanted to use doweling and cut my own…
In order for straight pegs to work they’ll need to be tilted upwards a little… Though this could be done by hand, a quick “Tilted” fixture for the Drill Press was made, in the interest of uniformity…A Tilted Fixture...

The two track pieces would probably be enough, but I made a wedge shaped support piece for under where the hole will be drilled… just in case that 1/2” drill wants to split the workpiece…
I took a scrap piece from the workpiece itself to do some boring tests, and to set the depth stop so it doesn’t go all the way through…A boring test...
Because of the length of the board I’m using, I next had to move the Drill Press to the floor. That will allow me the space on either side to feed the board through…Drill Press on floor...

After the holes were drilled, I cut ten lengths of 1/2” dowel and chucked them up one by one in the drill press…
It’s an easy matter to take a rasp or file and round-over and smooth one end of the peg this way…One of the pegs chucked-up in the Drill Press......In order to round-over one side with a file...

And a new place to hang coats begins to take shape…The Coat Rack takes shape...

I had to de-ice the car after a night of snow and freezing rain first, but I then took it to our local hardware to get some small screws to hold the pegs on from the backside…Attaching the pegs...

Off to the “Finishing Department” where it has already received two coats of Wipe-on Poly and awaits a third…First coat of wipe-on polyureathan being applied...

All that’s left is to hang it on our hallway wall, but that could be a project in itself… These old buildings, with their plaster walls, always make it an adventure trying to find the studs!! :)
30 January 2013

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 11:05 AM

Brrr… you need a lot of layers up there Mike!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 01-30-2013 11:06 AM

Congratulations Mike, now you have a hangup that doesn’t require psychological help. Good work as always.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-30-2013 11:19 AM

Very nice write-up, with great pictures. Love it, love the project!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 01-30-2013 11:22 AM

a good indication
for celebration

8 for debbie
2 for you

and places to sit in the kitchen

who could ask for more

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 01-30-2013 11:43 AM

Ellen: Layers are what it’s all about! I didn’t even mention the sweaters, sweatshirts, heavy shirts… The “Warm Wear” tends to really pile up!
Stefang: Thanks Mike, that is a good way to look at it!
Smitty: Glad You liked it Sir!!
Patron: I’m as guilty as Debbie is, if not worse, at the “draping over the chair” thing!
If I can’t figure out a way to hang it up, I’m going to add some more pegs and a long handle… I’ll have the biggest Rake in Concord… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#6 posted 01-30-2013 12:01 PM

Well as wide as it looks like the pegs are spaced, it appears you have room to double the pegs if necessary :-)

Nice functional coat-rack. I “ASSUME” you have an empty wall long enough to hang it on? :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 01-30-2013 12:37 PM

Mike I like your ingenuity
Biggest rake or a communal back scratch-er :)
Great practical project and it gives you shop time
with brownie points


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 01-30-2013 12:55 PM

Necessity mothers invention ! I see a perfect solution ! Good work Mike , I just wish I could share a bit of our unseasonal sunshine excess with you ! Bundle up and keep warm & Happy , don.s

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 01-30-2013 01:22 PM

Thanks for sharing this with us and blogging it. It really came out great! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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David Craig

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#10 posted 01-30-2013 01:37 PM

Cool project Mike. My youngest likes to wear hats. I told him he needed a place to hang them. He looked at me very confused when I came home with a board and a long stick of dowel. I love these little projects. Useful, inventive, and work much better than a trip to the department store.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#11 posted 01-30-2013 02:06 PM

Great project Mike. I’m sure it will help you get through the long and cold winter up there!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#12 posted 01-30-2013 04:21 PM

Handily Done, Mike!

I really like the solution to making the angled holes. I’ve added that to my library of tips- Thanks!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 01-30-2013 04:26 PM

that was very cool. nice work Mike.

I wonder if the screws on the back were even necessary if the pegs were glued in (or where they…)?

lived in one of those houses, and to this day I’m pretty sure some of those walls didn’t have any studs at all

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 01-31-2013 02:14 AM

Nice rack Mike (I don’t nornmally say that to guys). I built 2 of these: one for all my hats and one in the kitchen entry for all our coats,vests,etc. I studied on the angled hole thing and came up with the exact same jig you did! Great minds think alike. I rounded my pegs on the router table though.

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

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#15 posted 01-31-2013 03:06 AM

Mike, I would rather have a row a pegs than a closet. I guess I am channeling my inner Shaker. Nice project.

-- Big Al in IN

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