Coat Rack from Scraps

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Submitted by cecimoreno on Wed, 03/28/2012 - 23:21
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Coat rack to hang coats, purses, hats, or as in my case- towels.

Coat Rack from Scraps
Inspiration for this project- from

I saw this coat rack in the Chiasso Catalog (See URL Below) and thought it would be a perfect project to make using all the small scraps of wood I've accumulated.

I had no pre-determined plan on how I was going to make it, or dimensions, I sort of went figuring it out a long the way. I am sure this can be built in a much more efficient way, but this was the only way I could think of doing it so I will share my process and hope you can improve upon it. Also, my pieces were 3/4" in thickness and approximately 1" width. Lengths varied from about 4" to 7 1/2".

Please note that the instructions below will mostly cover how I created the "hooks" for the coat rack. This is because this is the only tricky part of the project. Other than that, all you need to do is gather scraps, place them alongside each other playing around with the pattern as you see fit, and then glue and nail or screw.

I welcome any suggestions or improvements you would like to make to this plan.
Hope you like it! I thought it was a cute project idea and perfect for making use of scraps.

Chiasso Coat Rack URL:

As desired. Just use as many or as few pieces of scraps as you need to reach desired dimensions for coat rack.


Shopping List

Use your Scraps and adjust dimensions accordingly. No set rules.

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

To Creat the hooks, start with a rectangular piece of wood that is approximately 3/4" by 1 1/2" and about 4" in length. Cut bottom at 45 degree angle.

Step 2

Measure 1/4" from top corner and, from there, draw a line at a 65 degree angle . Use a jig saw to cut along the marked line.

Step 3

Use a jig saw to cut along the marked line.

Step 4

Make sure the piece you chose for behind the hook is the same width as that of the hook. (See Picture)

Step 5

Step 6

Lay your scraps alongside each other and play with the sizes and patterns until you are happy with the way it looks. Then, use wood and nails or screws to join, being careful not to split the wood. Also make sure not to overlap location of screws. See Picture.
Again, Im sure there is a better way of doing this, but this is all I could come up with at the moment. It did seem extremely sturdy in the end and so far, its still doing a great job of hanging my daughter's towels.
I welcome any suggestions or improvements you would like to make to this plan.
Hope you like it! I thought it was a cute project idea and perfect for making use of scraps.

Step 7

Thats it!
Ana, I don't know how you do it- this is my first time posting a plan and Im exhausted!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Thu, 03/29/2012 - 18:21

I was going through my small wood scraps today trying to decide what to do with them and this is the answer. My grandson and God children can all use this in their rooms. Thanks for the idea

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