A gentleman's valet

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Project by balidoug posted 11-01-2021 04:25 AM 830 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am an incurable slob. And while the craft has made me slightly better at putting tools away in their proper places, I am as inclined to leave a coat lying over the back of the couch as I am to hang it up. I was attracted to Tom Fidgen’s design, but thought it too elaborate for my needs. Browsing Pinterest, I saw a number of these, and my final design incorporates what I thought were the best features in each: a place to hang a coat or sweater and a pair of trousers, a spot below for shoes, and a seat for putting on same. Fidgen’s advice on fabricating the ‘hanger’ was invaluable, though the irregular angles still presented a challenge.

The material is mostly teak, though the laminated seat incorporates some marbau, mahogany, and cherry. Dowell fasteners used on the hangers, and the seat are hand-made from teak. all other joinery is M/T.

Made by hand.


-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#1 posted 11-01-2021 07:27 AM

I like this. Nice workmanship as always. There are a good deal of tricky angles in the legs and hanger parts. Well done there. The layup on the seat is beautiful and well fitted. Would a greater arch in the back legs help balance the weight of heavier coats?

Mechanically, I think I would have carried the vertical part of the hanger down to the next seat rung with half laps instead of supporting it with dowels in the top of the rung and bottom of the vertical. Maybe the lower lap should be in the back of the rung and the upper lap should be in the front of the rung as the vertical continues on to support the hanger.

Then again, Doug, I tend to build everything to hold me, and I am 6’3” and weigh nearly 300 pounds. Keep building and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 11-01-2021 11:29 AM

That’s a handsome valet, Doug! Well done!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 11-01-2021 11:36 AM

Real nice Valet. Good design on handling the clothes like that!! Keep the project flowing…........Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 11-01-2021 12:38 PM

Thanks, gentlemen. Great to hear from you. BG: not sure I follow your comments: I toyed with placing the coat ‘hanger’ as the top rung of the chair, but it somehow seemed clunky, esthetically. Having it “float” above the chair was simply more pleasing to my eye. Several examples I looked at had the pants-hanger extend horizontally from the main structure. This I thought an unnecessary complication; putting it atop everything was simpler, both visually and in execution. Besides, I put my pants on before my jacket. Should I attempt a chair for serious sitting, rather than just a place to squat whilst tying my shoes, I will definitely consider shoring up the back legs! DAP

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#5 posted 11-02-2021 01:05 AM

Very nice!! A valet is one of those projects I’ve also been meaning to do.

A lot of my clothes will get several wears before needing washing, but I dislike ever putting them near the freshly laundered/pristine items.

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#6 posted 11-02-2021 08:07 PM

Well done, I like addition of the seat. Looks great.

-- No matter where you go, there ya are!l

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