Coat Tree in the Arts-and-Crafts Style

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Project by JDavid posted 11-09-2018 05:00 PM 906 views 6 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A coat tree in the Arts-and-Crafts style. It was adapted from a design in Woodsmith Magazine.

Rendered in quarter-sawn white oak. Finished in shellac (1.5 lb cut) and then waxed.

This project was particularly challenging because it required 40 individial dadoes that had to be precisely sized in order for the piece to fit together properly. These were each cut using only hand tools. I assembled it in three steps with 24 hours between each step in order for the glue to completely dry.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 11-09-2018 05:46 PM

Nice looking coat stand, it came out great.
What’s this about 32 dados? What am I missing?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 11-09-2018 05:57 PM

Nice looking coat stand, it came out great.
What s this about 32 dados? What am I missing?

- pintodeluxe

Each hook and leg required a dado in two of the four posts. There are also two four-sided cross-pieces in the middle of the rack that for each side required a dado in two of the four posts as well. That actually comes out to 40 dados, not 32! That is, there are 12 hooks and legs, requiring 24 individual dadoes, and then 8 cross-pieces requiring 16 individual dadoes.

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#3 posted 11-11-2018 12:44 PM

Nice work, looks very well done and true to the style.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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