Coat and Hat Rack with Decorative Tiles

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Project by WhattheChuck posted 03-10-2020 08:34 PM 750 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been busy in the shop lately on smaller projects. This is a coat and hat rack designed to clear the bannister in my living room from the various coats I wear.

The wood is a single board of cherry, the cherry pegs came from Woodcraft about 15 years ago, and I ordered the swinging coat hooks from the House of Antique Hardware. I didn’t know if I’d really like the rotational aspect, but now, I think it’s awesome.

I got the design from looking at some Arts and Crafts coat racks on hand. I originally was going to build a free-standing model, but the jig I had built earlier for the legs sliding dovetails was sized for my old lathe. So much for THAT idea.

The joinery of this thing is mostly Festool Domino 500 throughout, though I did cut the vertical separating slats with my mortiser. I really wanted to force myself to use the Domino to learn how it worked. It turns out, with just a little bit of idiot knowledge, to be just the ticket. The Domino has a ‘tightness/looseness’ setting for the floating tenons. Once I figured out that I could essentially make the verticals tight, like tenons, and the receiving mortise wider for easier fitting, the whole thing then functioned like regular joinery, and my brain was happy!

The white and blue tiles came from a trip over 12 years ago to Delft, The Netherlands. They’re the real thing, and the impetus for building this thing. Turns out you can now get these things on line for about $10/tile. But it’s the memories that count, right?

Finally, I am deeply in love with the product on the end—Meguiars Ultimate Polishing Compound. I used this for my son’s desk that I also just finished for a mirror-like varnish finish. I painted this thing with spar varnish because I was trying to use up my can. The Polishing Compound on top of 1000 grit sanding makes everything look great, and is also warm to the touch without being prickly. I originally started rubbing out finishes with Meguiars’ other products, after reading about master Frank Pollaro’s work. This stuff 10x-es that process. If you’re still using pumice rottenstone, well, you may feel virtuous and original—but I pity you! This stuff 1000x-es that in ease of use and consistency.

The whole thing took me about 20 hours, which might be a bit overkill. But it’s a design that worked out, so I’ll keep it! Overall dimensions are about 32”wide X 17” tall and 8” deep, which is just right for putting a hat on top. And yes, that was intentional!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#1 posted 03-10-2020 09:10 PM

Very nice – I agree, it’s the memories. Thank you for the info on the car polish.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#2 posted 03-10-2020 09:42 PM

That’s really beautiful, and the polishing tip is really useful!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 03-11-2020 12:02 AM

That stuff is the best polishing compound I’ve ever used. You still have to level the finish if you want a true mirror finish. I did one on the desk for my son that I finished at the same time as the coat rack but haven’t gotten around to posting.

I’m thinking of going back and doing the top of the set of shelves I did earlier.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#4 posted 03-11-2020 01:32 AM

That’s a nice design.

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#5 posted 03-11-2020 12:05 PM

Nice work, as always. The hinged hooks are a practical idea and look good too.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 03-12-2020 01:52 PM

Looks nice. I was unaware that there were swinging coat hooks. Those look very convenient.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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