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Oct 12, 2014

I finally finished my project that required long taper cuts … a COAT TREE.

The design was based on one that was built out of pine that weʻve had around for years. It was missing some coat hangers and it had no place for my caps.

I went to my wood storage area and found enough pieces of Mahogany or Sapele to glue up.

The roots of the coat tree are two pieces measuring about 24 X 5 inches and is 1-1/4 inch thick. A template was used to shape them.

They are half lapped and screwed together with one screw from the top.

The 64 inch trunk of the coat tree are made of 3 peces. The center piece is 2-1/2 inches wide at the top and the bottom is 4-3/4 inches wide. My long taper jig that I posted earlier did a great job helping me make these cuts. The 2 side pieces are 3/4 inch wide at the top and 1-7/8 inches at the bottom. All the post pieces are 1 inch thick.

The side pieces were glued to the center piece with 3 dowels about 1 inch long. The dowels were use mainly to keep everything aligned while clamping the post assembly.

To drill matching holes, guide blocks and dowel centers in the holes drilled in the main wide portion of the trunk …

to help line up the smaller pieces so they could be accurately marked.

Blue painters tape was used to minimize glue spread.

The trunk is attached to the roots of the coat tree from the bottom of the root ball through deep counter bored holes.

The metal hangers were made from some scraps of steel that is about 9/16 inches wide and about 3/16 inch thick. I cut them to length, polished them up, bent them into the shapes that I wanted and had a friend of mine put a platinum power coat on them. I made two sizes. The top 4 hangers have longer upper arms than the bottom 4 hangers.

The hangers are just screwed into the trunk of the coat tree.

This funny thing is what I created to hang my caps. It is made from a 3/4 inch thick piece of some scrap Brazillian hard wood called cumaru. It is 4 inches in diameter and has 8 holes drilled into it at a 20 degree angle. The 3/8 inch dowels were made from some scrap walnut and shaped on the router table with a 3/16 inch round over bit. To keep the caps from slipping off the dowels I used 1-1/4 inch diameter super balls that were purchased at Party City and have a 3/8 inch hole drilled into them half way. The walnut dowels are just pushed into the tight holes in the cumaru disc and the super balls are just placed on the ends of the walnut dowels. My wife calls it a fanciful crown.

The “crown” is held in place by 1 screw.

This is the naked coat tree

This is what it looks like with coats.

Thanks for looking. Comments and favorites are always welcomed.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#1 posted 10-13-2014 02:49 AM

Whoa!!!!!!!!!!!! Real nice tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-13-2014 02:52 AM

Turned out great and I really like the wood you used.

The custom wood burned signature is also a very nice touch.

Now I will not feel so bad if I get one. I can just blame it on you. :)

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 10-13-2014 02:57 AM

Great job on a very useful piece for the home! Nice from all angels, especially the slightly whimsical “crown”. What did you use as fasteners for the root/trunk attachment?

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 10-13-2014 03:04 AM


For the root-to-trunk attachment I use 3 inch long washer screws (similar to kreg screws). The counter bore was at least 1-1/4 inch deep drilled with a forester bit.

Thanks to everyone for the comments.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 10-13-2014 03:09 AM

Nice and well made .
Now why eight cap pegs when there is seven days in the week ? LOL
What is the wood ?


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 10-13-2014 09:41 AM

Nice work Alex, I like the hat rack idea.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#7 posted 10-13-2014 09:46 AM

Looks great and sterling work too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 10-13-2014 12:22 PM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 10-13-2014 02:48 PM

Looks amazing! Good work!

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#10 posted 10-13-2014 03:25 PM

Awesome!! A one-of-a-kind piece for sure.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 10-13-2014 03:55 PM

Great looking coat tree! Thanks for sharing your process for completion of the project.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#12 posted 10-14-2014 12:27 AM

Great looking coat tree!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#13 posted 10-14-2014 02:58 AM

Congratulations on making the “Daily Top Three”, ............pardon the pun.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#14 posted 10-14-2014 05:59 AM

Always appreciate the details you share about your builds, Alex! Nice crown. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 10-19-2014 11:08 PM

A super nice tree.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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