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Make a Coat Rack

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Coats and scarves that my family uses everyday inevitably end up piled on the couch or worse, just discarded wherever we stand. It’s high time we became part of the civilized world and gave them a home.

I've seen enough coat racks in my life—usually simple, sad rectangles with a few wooden pegs jutting out unceremoniously.  While I am not reinventing the wheel here, I thought maybe it was time to inject some personality into the stale world of the coat rack.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

-       Plank of wood (mine is approximately L20’’ x W12’’ x H3/4’’)

-       Jigsaw (I’m using the B&D model BDEJS300C)

-       Autosense Drill/Driver

-       Mouse sander with 120 grit sandpaper (Model BDEMS600)

-       Two (2)-2 ½ inch screws and anchors for setting into the wall

-       A Sharpe

-       A white marker (I just happened to have this “Super Chalks” marker that worked well)

-       3 brass hooks of your choosing

-       Measuring tape

-       Stud finder

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I had some spare reclaimed wood lying around that I thought worked great for this project. It gave some character to the mountains that I think would be difficult to get artificially. However, if you are going for something a little less rustic, or even just a totally different theme all together, you could easily use a new piece of wood from the hardware store.

Embrace the 2nd grade artist inside you, and sketch out your best impression of a mountain with the Sharpe. I messed up the first go round, so I just grabbed the sander and wiped my slate clean. Here’s what round 2 looked like.

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Pretty amazing, huh? Don’t worry. It all works itself out. And we have already arrived at the fun part. Grab your jigsaw and do what jigsaws were made to do. Cut just outside the lines you drew paying special attention to slowly make the turns where the mountains meet. Alternatively, if you aren’t feeling too confident about making those turns you can make all your cuts from the outside edge of the wood. This jigsaw makes short work of our plank and we are on to the next step.

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The mouse sander comes in real handy right about now. It has the unique characteristic of being big enough to quickly sand the large faces of the mountain and precise enough to get into the little nooks where normal sanders would have no business being. The 120 grit sandpaper is enough to smooth everything out but not take too much wood with it. While sanding, the built in dust collection worked really well to keep everything as clean as you could have ever hoped.

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Now that everything has had a once over with the mouse sander, break out your favorite French Beret and put some snowy caps on your mountains. If you are using the Super Chalks Marker that I am, (and I don’t imagine you would be, but I’ll say this anyway) it takes more than one pass to lay down the chalk on the wood surface so don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t look like it’s working. It’ll stick.

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I think I’ll give myself a “B” in art today.

Moving on, I found these brass hooks at my local hardware store.

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I think they are nice since they don’t arc into the normal round hook that might snag a coat or otherwise be slightly more difficult to work with for this project. If you feel differently, I’m sure just about any hook will do. Measure to find the center and hand tighten your first hook. Then measure from that point out to where you’d like the other two hooks to be on the right and left. Hand tighten those in as well.

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Wherever you’ve decided to hang your masterpiece, you’ll want to make sure it is secure in the wall. It’ll be holding a significant amount of weight and the whole point of this thing was to keep your coats off the ground in the first place. Grab your stud finder and resist the urge to push it up against yourself. Place your mountains on the wall approximately where you’d like them to be, then drag the stud finder along the wall until it indicates a stud. Next, mark the spot on the wall with a pencil. Your mountainscape might not be long enough to get 2 studs. Mine wasn’t. Getting one should be fine for stability as long as you are using the appropriate anchors in the wall as well.

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Once you’ve found the studs, you will want to predrill holes for your mounting screws. If you don’t, you risk splitting the wood and having to start over. So take the extra few seconds and predrill. The Autosense Drill has a really cool feature that we will get to in a second, but when you just need a drill it is up to that task as well.

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You’ll also want to drill the appropriately sized holes for your anchors in the wall. Whichever anchors you buy they should be labeled with the size hole you’ll need to drill so I won’t make any assumptions here. Now let’s hang this thing up!

The Autosense drill makes getting screws flush to your project a snap. Through torque changes it will sense you are getting close to flush and stop turning. If it does stop prematurely, it has a feature that continues to turn the screw a little bit at a time depending on how far you have the trigger pulled so you can get it just right. It really is neat and a pleasure to use. For our purposes here it is nice so you don’t overshoot your screws into the mountain. Keeping them flush will make the end product look nice and clean.

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And there we have it. Everyday use coats, hats, scarves and the like now have a new home off the floor or couch or wherever they were plaguing your daily life.

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