Coat Hook with moulding and a small shelf

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Project by Cornelius posted 08-04-2016 01:21 AM 1636 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am about to finish my very first big project, a dovetail chest for my son, and I needed to train on three specific things.

I wanted to train on the mitter cuts with my table saw jig, train on the moulding making, and train on the stain and varnish finish.

As I have leftover poplar from the chest I decided on a small hammer coat hook for my father’s birthday. I really loved the idea of the hammer coat racks when I first saw them and this was the perfect occasion to overdo it and experiment a bit.

I did a quick dentil jig for my crappy router table and realized how difficult it is to clean up the dentils once they are made, but making the whole moulding part was fun. I learned how crucial was the use of featherboards (that I had to build quick and dirty after a first disastrous moulding attempt). The wole thing was made with 2 different sizes ogee bits and a straight one.

The mitters went okayish but my jig is definitively not accurate enough and the staining part is a disaster on the moulding, plain parts are ok.

As the black resin on the hammer’s head was really too obvious, I’ve cut a little bit of wood to hide it, glued with epoxy.

I was scared of the varnishing part with the brush but it was much easier than expected.

I made two attachments at the back with some special router bit and I used for the first time a branding iron I had made for cheap in China with my family coat of arms, it turned out superb.

This might look OTT, made without a plan, but all in all I really enjoyed making this little thing and I will now finish the big project with more confidence.

Many thanks for reading my broken English, and thanks again for the inspiration!

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#1 posted 08-04-2016 02:03 AM

Really cool coat rack. I could see this hanging in the shop.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 08-04-2016 07:50 AM

I love it, every woodworker needs one of these in his shop or home. Thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 08-04-2016 12:13 PM

I like it. Quite creative and well built and you learned some tricks along the way. What could be better.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 08-04-2016 12:33 PM

Nifty idea for a coat rack. Love all the detail too.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#5 posted 08-04-2016 10:08 PM

An interesting way to exercise those skills, well done!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 08-04-2016 11:06 PM

That is pretty cool
I saved it as a favorite and one day will make one

-- Putty

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#7 posted 08-08-2016 09:44 PM

Many many thanks for all your messages, as a beginner it means a lot and it is extremely motivating! Thank you.

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#8 posted 11-14-2016 04:57 PM

That is lovely!
Full of irony and with a classy smile.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 10-31-2017 11:49 PM

Mange tak for the nice comment Sir!

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