How To Make A Modern Coat Rack – Woodworking Projects

what's going on graphs rights today I'm going to show you how I made these modern coke tracks to start I'm gonna rip down and dimension my 1×6 to size I'm making the natural finished version out of oak and the stained painted versions out of poplar poplars are relatively inexpensive and soft hardwood making it a great option for simple DIY projects it also takes paint and stain really well which is perfect for me because I always feel guilty altering nice hardwood it feels like sacrilege just kind of makes me feel dirty if you have a hard time standing nice hardwood instead of letting its natural beauty shine consider hitting that subscribe and bail button so I know I'm not alone if you're already a subscriber thank you for your continued support now the real trick to making this project so easy is these little guys but we'll get to that later in the build next I'll lay out the corner radiuses radii corner circles with a compass before marking the locations of the dowel holes for exact measurements I have plans available that I've linked in the description below I'll cut the corners off of the band saw cutting a little proud of the lines before refining at the belts in [Music] if you don't have either of these tools this can also be done with a jigsaw and an orbital sander pretty easily [Music] after a lot of trial and error I found an auger bit to be the best tool for drilling the dowel holes regardless if you're using a drill press or a quick drilling jig for a handheld drill a Forstner bit chatters around too much hole saw cuts a very loose joint and finding a three-quarter inch standard bit can be difficult and expensive just go slow with the auger bit like real slow otherwise the pilot bit might grab the wood is it supposed to and pull the workpiece causing some problems I also found that auger bit won't cause much tear out if any if you go slow and steady with your drill a piece of painters tape on the back of the stock helps – for those of you that don't have a drill press but still want to drill accurate repeatable angled holes I got you cut two triangles at the correct angle with the saw of your choice and glue together mark on a squared piece of scrap wood where you want your hole to go then place the tip of your bit on that mark and tilt it moving the bit and triangle block until they're flush glue it down then add a fence to keep the bits straight and you're good to go eventually this will wear out but it'll get you by in a pinch the marking lines will also help you line up your jig for drilling [Music] I cut my dad the length of the miter saw for the oak I opted to make my own dal from off cuts I hat it's easier than you think unless expensive than buying pre-made hardwood down I picked up the technique from Izzy swans channel which you should definitely check out if you're unfamiliar with him drilling the hole needed at the end of the dowel to accept the metal knob screw can be a little challenging to get right but another simple jig makes this easy since an auger or Forstner bit has a centered pilot you can drill about a half an inch into a piece of hardwood scrap then continue that hole with a size bit needed and you have a very accurate little jig that fits snugly over your dowel and guides your drill bit I sanded everything to 220 before blew up this is easier when everything is disassembled I used very little glue for the assembly since the dowel joints are so snug it's mostly there as backup so-sorry glue hammer your dowels in until the edge just meets up with the back face of the stock this helps make sure the coat hangers all protrude the same distance be careful when hammering your dowels in as the top of the dowel needs to stay flat and square to make flush with the metal knob I forgot about this and accidentally mushroomed two of the downs after the glue is dried I flush cut the waste and sanded the back flat before filling any unwanted gaps with wood buddy or you could use glue and sawdust your choice either way another quick tip to make cleaning up your field job easier is to use a chisel to do the majority of the work before sanding away the rest now I'll stain one of the coat racks a super dark brown and off-camera paint third one white lately I've been really fond of using water-based leather dyed to stain my wood it works so much better than traditional stain it's very easy to quickly build up color or take a little away if you went too dark the only thing to be aware of is the dye is water-based so you need to raise the grain with water and then cut back the fuzzies with fresh sandpaper if you skip this your finish will be rough for the topcoat I use trusty shellac three coats scuffing with 320 grit sandpaper in between before paste wax remember when I said you could take a little color away if you went too dark with a die well I totally forgot about that if you opt to go the die route and I suggest you do try and spray your first layer of topcoat on or move very quickly with the shellac otherwise you run the risk of pulling up color with the alcohol that's in the shellac like I did while the finish is drying I prep the metal cap knobs the ones I use came in several different colors and come with their own screws there's a link to them in the description I locked in the threads with superglue before cutting off the screw heads with a dremel you could also do this with a hacksaw I glued the metal caps to their dowels using thick CA glue and painters tape to hold them in place while I was attaching the keyhole mounting brackets to the backs of the coat hangers I had the thought that if I were to do this project again I would probably finish the sides front and dowels before glue up it was pretty hard to get a finish I was happy with on account of all the angles and things I had to work around but if you like woodworking projects like this don't forget to hit the subscribe button and check out my video on making a DIY book holder in the top right of your 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