Rustic coat rack

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Project by daltxguy posted 01-02-2012 09:04 PM 1986 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I live in a tiny house.
10 years ago, I lived in a 3200 sq ft. house with 2 shiny cars and a pool, then I moved into an 2200 sqft house, then into a 1200 sq ft house, and now finally I live in about 125 sq ft. and mostly ride my bike everywhere.
None of this was for some unforeseen circumstances, or bad luck, but a process of downsizing and simplifying my life.

In a small house, needs change. Since there is no ‘mud room’, wet gear has to be left outside and I needed a place to hang my raincoat on those rainy days as I head in and out of my home.

Since I have a lot of trees, naturally I wasn’t going to buy something and it had to be made out of wood, so I pieced together this simple project (though it did take some time)

The base is a pine log with a 1” hole drilled in it and the base flattened with an axe ( btw, I am off-grid, so I use only hand tools now) and the top is NZ Silver beech, which is very strong but very flexible. I drawknifed the bark off and cleaned up any sharp edges, smoothed over some knots and round the ends to keep it from damaging my raincoat – then whittled/drawknifed/spokeshaved a 1” dowel on the end to fit into the base.

There’s no glue – just friction fit. This in case I find or create a better base, or I find or create a better coat rack- it’s infinitely repairable or improvable.

No finish, it’s utilitarian.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#1 posted 01-03-2012 12:19 AM

Dang…and it looks so natural

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 01-03-2012 01:09 AM

That’s certainly one of a kind,very creative.

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 10:41 AM

Hey Steve, good to see you have allowed some extra capacity for visitors! I hope my leave stretches far enough for me to take a course at the Nelson Centre for Fine Woodworking in the spring, then I’d be able to call in and see you.

-- Dave, Christchurch NZ

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#4 posted 01-03-2012 03:38 PM

An unusual project and a practical solution Steve. I found your downsizing to be very interesting, and I get it too, although at my age it’s nice to have a bit more comfort and convenience than I imagine you have.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-03-2012 10:00 PM

Really nice, I like it a lot.
Downsizing can learn us a lot, I know that process even I was put there by life and not free will.
Best thoughts my friend,

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

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#6 posted 01-11-2012 12:44 AM

My kind of living.

-- David, Center,Texas

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#7 posted 01-14-2012 07:40 PM

Too cool!

-- Jesse --

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