Poplar coat rack

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Project by j_dubb posted 02-24-2014 12:04 AM 2089 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We’d been tossing our jackets on the back of the chairs in the dining room (which is what greets you as you enter the front door) since we didn’t have a proper mud room or coat closet. We decided it was time to look into a solution.

We went to the big box stores and saw what they were peddling. The biggest hunk of chinese crap for $15 up to some somewhat decent looking chinese crap….but I digress. I decided to take a stroll down the wood aisle. I slid out a 4’ piece of poplar and it was calling my name. I really liked the grain and knew that as soon as it got together with some poly amazing things were going to happen.

I routed the edges, sanded ‘er down, added some poly, added the hardware. I then used a forstner bit to drill some holes for the screws that’d be going into the studs to hold it up. After that I took a small piece of scrap cutoff I had from cutting it to size, and drilled some plugs out of it in places that matched the grain they’d be going into.

Materials for the project came in at about $13.00 and I like it more than I liked anything else I saw at the store.

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey

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#1 posted 02-24-2014 12:46 AM

Very nice coat rack.

That is one pretty piece of wood. I love the fact that you used an interesting piece of cheap wood instead of some expensive exotic.

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 11:12 PM

I like that grain pattern.

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