Versatile coat rack

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Project by jtriggs posted 05-15-2018 03:46 AM 1484 views 14 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished my latest wood project. 111 pieces, four 3-foot metal rods, 180 or so washers and lots of sanding and finishing. I won’t keep you guessing any longer, it’s a coat rack for the back entrance. I stained in alternating colors to match the ceiling treatment I made 15 years ago when we remade the kitchen.

I love how versatile this can be. The short dark pieces tip out about 27 degrees and you can do one or a whole row, depending on what you want to store. It is hung on a french cleat and is very solid. I’m very happy with it.

On to the next project.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#1 posted 05-15-2018 12:05 PM

Nice design and gorgeous home you have.

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#2 posted 05-15-2018 12:43 PM

This is a very creative coat rack. Nice work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 05-15-2018 01:16 PM

Very nice looking rack with lots of flexibility.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 05-15-2018 03:10 PM

I’ve never seen anything quite like that. Very nice blend of form and function. I like the versatility and the fact it can just fold up flat against the wall when not needed.

-- Ted

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#5 posted 05-15-2018 03:16 PM

I really like the looks of this project! And it should help me use up some very nice (but small pieces) of lumber!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#7 posted 05-15-2018 06:25 PM

Thanks for the nice comments everyone. I did use up a lot of odds and ends from my red oak pile. Cost was minimal. I only had to buy the four rods for less than $15 I’m sure, a bunch of washers for 3-4 bucks and used stain and wood I already had. Anybody have any construction questions, I’d be happy to answer.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#8 posted 05-16-2018 06:37 PM

‘Tis an intriguing and novel solution, me like.

Do ALL of the dark stained pieces tilt out? Is it just snug fit that keeps them from flopping out on their own?

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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#9 posted 05-16-2018 07:59 PM

All 88 of them tip out.

As far as the flopping question, I stewed over that for the longest time because I really couldn’t test it sufficiently until I had it all together and vertical. In one of my test attempts I realized there was a good chance they would flop down on there own. If I had drilled the pivot hole just a little more off center I think the center of gravity would have held them in place.

Out of a sense of precaution I opted to use clamps to hold it tightly together as I added the cross pieces on the back side. I made sure to angle the screws ever so slightly to assure the sides were pulled in tight to hold the assembly together snugly. It worked out fine. There is nice resistance as you pull them down. I’m hoping they never get loose as the rotate over the years.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#10 posted 05-24-2018 08:44 PM

Pure genius!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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