Nice Rack

Progress at the new house continues. During the wall painting we removed anything we could that would be in the way, this included a coat rack. The wife has since requested that I put back the coat rack near the entrance from the garage. I cringed as the original was two piece, miss matched hooks, and both sections were actually hung crooked. When I removed them I could see why they were not straight, they couldn’t even find the studs and must have gotten really frustrated and gave up and said it’s good enough.

Old coat rack
Right half of old coat rack

I told her that I wasn’t going to hang it back up and that I would make a new one. Hey, it was a good excuse to do some woodworking which was a welcome change from the painting and box moving. I could have reused at least some of the hooks, but caved and purchased new ones. The old ones will get re-purposed for other things throughout the house.

Coat rack wall, stud locations identified. If you look close, there are many attempts by the previous home owner to find the stud locations with holes.
Coat rack wall, stud locations identified. If you look close, there are many attempts by the previous home owner to find the stud locations with holes.

I re-sawed a scrap of ash that had been laying around in the shop. It’s just wide enough to cover the unsightly holes and previous attempts to paint around the racks.  But I wasn’t going to just hang a boring slab of wood on the wall, after all I have molding planes. This is a great use of a beading plane. A few passes on each side of the board and poof it looks great. FYI using a bead plane is addictive!

Coat rack attached to the wall with construction screws.
Coat rack attached to the wall with construction screws.

One of the things I didn’t like about the old racks was the screws used to mount it to the wall were. I used a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall, marked them, then transferred the marks to the board. This helped me to identify hook locations to cover the screws I used to attach it to the wall.  The mounting screws would now be hidden behind the hooks. I pre-drilled all the mounting holes as well as the holes for the hooks.

End view of of the coat rack as I am attaching the hooks.
End view of of the coat rack as I am attaching the hooks.

A couple of coats of tung oil to seal it up and help bring out a little bit of the wood figure and color. Then I attach it to the wall, with some counter sunk 2 inch construction screws. Finally I add the hooks and its done! Wife happy, now she can hang her coat and her ungodly heavy backpack.

New coat rack in use.
New coat rack in use, and yes I am missing a hook, still need to go pick that up from the store.

The end result was simple, yet elegant enough for what we need. We are both pleased with the result, though I think I took longer than she would have liked for me to complete it.

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