Railroad Spike Coat Rack

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Project by svenbecca posted 02-06-2014 12:51 PM 8650 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Reclaimed Oak and Railroad Spikes. This item is finished with satin polyurethane with no stain. Each species of wood has it’s own richness and beauty, I think. This particular batch of wood has been previously infested with wood worms and has open and rust stained nail holes, which adds to the character of the piece. The spikes were cut to length, drilled, and tapped by me, as well. The rack uses a French cleat to hang on the wall.

Width – 32-11/16”
Height – 7”
Depth – 4-5/8”

Shelf Depth – 3-1/2”

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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#1 posted 02-06-2014 01:36 PM

That’s pretty cool! The rail road spikes look like they make perfect hangers

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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#2 posted 02-06-2014 01:52 PM

Nice idea! I am always coming across railroad spikes when I am out hunting and fishing.

-- tsurra

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#3 posted 02-06-2014 02:06 PM

Great job!! When you say “drilled and tapped” do you mean you drilled the back end of the spike and then bolted it to the wood? What size drill and tap? Thanks!

-- Dennis, WV

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#4 posted 02-06-2014 04:20 PM

after the drilling and tapping, are they attached with a washer behind, between the cut-off spike and the board? What type of washer matched up so well?

nice project – very nice.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#5 posted 02-06-2014 06:13 PM

Very nice! I like the spikes.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#6 posted 02-06-2014 06:55 PM

As a former Railroad Policeman I think that this is really cool.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 02-06-2014 06:59 PM

Very neat. I like this a lot.

-- I do not like work even when someone else does it. - Mark Twain

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#8 posted 02-06-2014 08:48 PM

Very nice unique application of RR spikes, provides a great look.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 02-07-2014 01:58 AM

drbyte – I drilled them out and tapped them with a 3/8 (18) tap. I use a slightly smaller drill bit that the tap I am using. They are bolted to the board.

jimintx – That is not a washer. I used 1-1/2” round X 1/8” thick hardwood wafer painted gunmetal black and glued into a 1/16” recess made with a 1-1/2” forestner bit.

Thank you all. I am finishing up another one, as well. Slightly different that this one.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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#10 posted 02-11-2014 02:45 PM

Cool coat rack! The spikes really looks great with the beautiful reclaimed wood. The holes and the stains added great appeal to it. Great job!

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