Coat Tree

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Project by PPK posted 01-06-2021 03:25 AM 581 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In an attempt to keep our house a little less cluttered when we have company, I made this coat tree for the front door area. I finally got around to it after about a year. In the meantime, my wife had purchased a bamboo (Ikea type) coat tree that has been in service.

This is the usual woods for me, that match the rest of my furniture: hickory and walnut.
Finish is Danish oil, followed by 3 coats of wiped-on poly.

The top hooks are cast iron that I purchased on the internet, I can’t remember where now. The bottom hooks are hand forged by a fellow that sells them on Ebay.

I’m really happy with how it all turned out. I drew up a plan, inspired by some of the items that I liked about other coat trees. It was fun dreaming it up, and it actually turned out just like the picture I drew.

-- Pete

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 01-06-2021 03:41 AM

That’s a lot prettier than an idea coat tree, Pete. Well done!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 01-06-2021 04:14 PM

Clean design! I like the tapered top and corner accent strips. Will the Ikea be holding sander belts in the shop now?

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#3 posted 01-11-2021 01:22 PM

I like the shaping and the wood choice. Vaguely suggestive of a saguaro cactus.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 01-19-2021 05:54 PM

Finest coat tree I ever saw. The walnut edging is a nice touch. How did you do it.
I found an antique tree in a dumpster next to my business. I’m now sorry I left it behind. The hooks were cast iron and very decorative.

It should have made the top three.

-- James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 01-19-2021 06:21 PM

Double post

-- Pete

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#6 posted 01-19-2021 06:23 PM

:-) Thanks for the kind comments, James and all!

My photography skills are lacking, I’m sure thay doesnt help matters.

The post is just 3 pcs. Of 4/4 hickory glued up. I planed it and cleaned it up, and then used the dado stack in the tablesaw to plow out the rabbets on all 4 corners. Glued in the walnut strips (oversize in both directionsl) and then used a flush trim bit to make them perfect.

I cut out the gussets rough with the bandsaw, then tacked on a template and trimmed the gussets on the router table with a flush trim bit.

The taper on the top is actually just a lot of careful layout and pencil marks, then freehand cut on the tablesaw, then some belt sander work and finish finish sanding.

-- Pete

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#7 posted 01-26-2021 02:09 PM

Really fine work and lovely tree.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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