Arts & Crafts style coatrack

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Just a simple coat rack for our entry foyer, of a design based on dozens of images found on the web. I used a flexed strip of wood to scribe the arc; not a true circular arc, but it’s pleasing to my eye. The decorative square tenon pegs are ebony from piano keys that I salvaged years ago. The mounting screws for the rack are hidden behind 2 of the iron hooks, which I found online from Kennedy Hardware.

A non-woodworking friend asked how I made the square holes for the arts & crafts “motif” in the center. I told him a square drill, of course. I don’t think he believed me.

I also made the doorbell cover seen above the coat rack a long time ago, maybe 20 years or so. I’m thinking I should refinish it to better match the coat rack.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#1 posted 01-06-2021 07:16 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 01-06-2021 08:51 PM

Very eye catching.
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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#3 posted 01-06-2021 11:49 PM

This is great! Inspiring design.

-- Kevin

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#4 posted 01-07-2021 01:54 PM

good looking coat rack. And you matched the doorbell really well for being 20 years later!

-- Zach

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#5 posted 01-07-2021 06:51 PM

Steve, your design is terrific: the arc, the 4 cutouts, materials. VERY WELL DONE. Thanks for sharing.

Where did the coat rack hardware come from. They’re very nice too.


-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#6 posted 01-07-2021 08:05 PM

Thank you for the nice comments, I appreciate them.

BigMig- The hooks are from They have an extensive selection of, in their words, restoration hardware that usually won’t be seen in local stores


-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#7 posted 01-07-2021 11:04 PM

That is really nice looking. I’ve always like the arts and craft style.

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#8 posted 01-08-2021 12:53 AM

Love it – simple and cleanly done. You used a mortising bit for those square holes, right?

-- Bstrom

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#9 posted 01-09-2021 03:15 PM

Nice coat rack my wife wants a coat rack my next project.

-- Cal, South Carolina,USMC

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