Classroom Backpack/Coat/Hat Rack

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Project by Salty posted 10-09-2010 01:52 AM 25801 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter’s 1st grade class desperately needed a new backpack rack. So I offered to build one. Today I did the installation and I think it turned out better than I thought. This replaces a bunch of dilapidated cheapo racks that had long pointy hooks, some of which were broken off. The pointed hooks are really dangerous so we went with some upper-ward turned hooks with blunt polished ends. These are a little safer. My wife must have bought the entire supply of hooks from Target, twice!

This was a very simple project. I used maple wrapped with cherry strips. The dimensions are 5” by 66” long. I cut a bunch of 0.25” cherry strips on the TS. Then glued up the edges on the maple. Then used my grandfather’s (God rest his soul) hand plane to clean up the saw marks and smooth the surface of the maple. I finally eased the edges with a router loaded with a round over bit. I finished it off with three coats of brushed on minwax poly with wet sanding (320) in between coats. The final finish was very smooth and clean looking. The most satisfying part of the project was helping out the school, which has no money for this kind of thing. I hope the racks lasts for another 20 years.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 10-09-2010 12:04 PM

Every elementary classroom needs a good coat rack. Yours brings back a memory: Once at the end of the day when I was in about 4th grade I was hurrying to get my things and I bent over quickly to retrieve something I dropped and sunk one those hooks into my forehead- and carved a large divet right between my eyes.. blood ran like crazy. LOL

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 10-09-2010 02:37 PM

or alternate project title:

“Duggar Backpack/Coat/Hat Rack”


-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#3 posted 09-14-2011 03:22 AM

Things like this show a new parent or visitor to the school that there is someone here who cares. I like that. I’m going to take a fresh look at my daughters school to see if there is anything I can do. Super project, thanks for the prompt.

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#4 posted 07-15-2019 05:39 PM

I really love the design of this backpack. its really fascinating.
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