My Grandpa's Suit Rack

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Project by KimAccurso posted 01-08-2019 11:34 PM 1287 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a suit rack that my Grandpa made for my dad about 30 years ago. I am posting it for him because he has been such an important part of my woodworking journey. We enjoyed a lot of shop time together this summer and now that he is back here after spending some time at home in Iowa, I took these photos this morning and told him I was going to post it and he is so excited.

He got the measurements for the suit rack out of a Penney’s catalogue (remember Penney’s catalogue??) and designed it from there. It is made from oak with dowel construction. As you can see he routed the edges and a tray for cufflinks or whatever on the little top shelf. It is still in pristine condition (dad doesn’t wear suits anymore – haha) It stands about 4 feet.

It is a treasure because Grandpa made it. Thanks for taking a look and Grandpa will sure love to hear your comments and critiques! :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#1 posted 01-08-2019 11:45 PM

well sir let me say nice work and craftsmanship,its a shame your son has no use for it anymore,not a suit guy myself though.its great that you and grandpa got to spend that time together,it goes by way too fast,but the memories will always be with you.wishing you a top 3 sir.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 01-08-2019 11:53 PM

Apparently a very well made unit. I like the “no plans” just a picture motivation that then turns out fine.

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#3 posted 01-09-2019 12:35 AM

I used to wear a suit and remain sad they are not vogue now. Maybe they’ll come back. I’d participate.

A great rack.

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#4 posted 01-09-2019 02:02 AM

Nice Rack! I love that he made it from a picture in a catalog. I wonder how much they cost back then?

-- Tom, May your safety glasses never fog,

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#5 posted 01-09-2019 02:25 AM

I see a lot of attention to detail and it has withstood the test of time. Nice project!

-- Seeing is believing.

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#6 posted 01-09-2019 02:26 AM

way to go Grandpa you have made a very beautiful and functional suit rack that will remain a family heirloom for many generations I’m not a suit guy either :<)) also wow from a catalog whats a catalog LOL GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#7 posted 01-09-2019 02:32 AM

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a suit rack before. Very nice. It looks like it just came out of the shop. The tray for the cufflinks is a great addition. I have never actually worn cufflinks, but I do know what they are. I too like the fact that grandpa can just look at a picture in a catalog and then go build one.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#8 posted 01-09-2019 02:35 AM

Tell your dad, he does nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 01-09-2019 02:46 AM

Kim, that’s a great story you tied with this piece. As far as construction, I like the small shelf a lot but my favorite detail is the stopped round over design on the feet…very classy.
Tell your Grandpa he gets a top three vote from me…a true treasure!

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#10 posted 01-09-2019 03:56 AM

I don’t wear a suit, but I could still use one of these valets to hang things up at the end of the day.

-- derek / oregon

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#11 posted 01-09-2019 01:13 PM

Thank you, everyone, he will be thrilled to read all your comments and he should be very proud to have received a Daily Top 3 badge! :))

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#12 posted 01-09-2019 02:20 PM

Kim, I’m glad you posted this to celebrate both your father and grandfather! It’s important to me and looks like you as well that we pay homage to those who have inspired us as woodworkers and remember their passion for the craft! A very nice suit rack indeed!

Thank you…


-- Brian in Texas

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#13 posted 01-09-2019 03:46 PM

The Oak and dowel construction is exceptionally well executed. Something so utilitarian yet so well thought out and built for longevity is why a lot of us have the desire to be able to work with materials available to us with the tools we have. This is an excellent example of what woodworking is for IMO. And that fact that it stands proud after 30 years is all that needs to be said about the quality of the craftsmanship that went into it! Thank you for sharing :-)

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#14 posted 01-09-2019 04:05 PM

That’s a great piece. Your grandfather did an excellent job of translating the catalog image and size info into a well executed design.

Too bad your dad no longer has a routine use for the stand. Glad it did not get discarded.

Take as much time with your grandfather as you can get. Treasure each moment…

Be Careful!


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#15 posted 01-09-2019 04:34 PM

Pretty darn nice looking for 30yrs old. I like that tray for little items.

-- ~Daniel

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