Coat Rack

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“Why buy it when you can make your own!” This handmade coat rack features sliding dovetails that self-tighten to lock the pegs in place. Paul’s contemporary design can be adapted to include more or less pegs to suit your requirements.

Tool List

  • Knife
  • Square
  • Tape/Ruler (or both)
  • Sliding bevel
  • Dovetail template
  • Chisel hammer
  • Chisels (at least 1″ & ½”/26mm & 12mm)
  • Hand router (see how to make a Poor Man’s Router here)
  • Smoothing plane (No 4)
  • Dovetail saw
  • Drill driver/hand drill (3/16”/5mm twist bit, countersink bit)
  • *Rasp
  • File

* = optional

Joints Used

  • Sliding dovetail
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  1. willfeyn on 2 March 2018 at 11:05 am

    Amazing. You are the best.

  2. silmarils94 on 2 March 2018 at 11:55 am

    I should say, thank you for being what you are….you simply changed my way of life.

  3. Stellmacher on 2 March 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Great project.
    But I have a question. What did you do with your video color settings? If I compare the color with the other videos, it looks cold and gray.

    • Philip Adams on 5 March 2018 at 2:03 pm

      We felt the past videos were over saturated and the white balance was off, so have made a few adjustments to make it more accurate. However we are working through an issue with the export which has dulled out the colour, so it should be sorted shortly.
      Thank you for the heads up, Phil

    • dclare on 5 March 2018 at 2:27 pm

      I have noticed too. It feels a bit blown.
      Personally I prefer the old ones. They felt a bit more personal and had more depth.
      Wasn’t going to nitpick on it, but it does detract somewhat.
      Just my own feelings, I’m not good with change 🙂

  4. Wesley on 2 March 2018 at 12:46 pm

    > “Ever walk through the hardware store and think “Why buy that when I can make my own?”.”

    All. The. Time.
    According to my wife it’s very frustrating.

    • Ed on 3 March 2018 at 3:27 pm

      “According to my wife it’s very frustrating.” In an unrelated forum, this was described as, when you say you can do something yourself cheaper, you may not be factoring in the cost of divorce.

      • MTaylor on 4 March 2018 at 2:34 pm

        Yes Frank but you have to consider divorce as a one time investment in a happy life.

    • joeleonetti on 9 March 2018 at 5:55 pm

      The other thing I find that needs to be balanced is the timeliness of being able to make something for my wife. There are a number of things on the list to build. I do make steady progress and will change the order of builds. Even that sometimes isn’t fast enough. I pick and chose my battles.

  5. skeeball on 2 March 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Love it. Simple but elegant.
    Say you want to learn to fly. Not just any plane but a Boeing 777. Skip the single engine Piper Cub go to a big jet.
    That is like starting out hand tool woodworking. You want to go straight to the GOOD Stuff, a rocking chair. I’m sure I speak for all of thous we love the rocking chair project, gives a dream and may be someday . . .
    But for now I need to learn and more or less master tools like the saw, plane and chisel, both how to sharpen and use them then the three joints. The coat rack is one of the simpler to make but teaches not the basic wood prep but how to make a dovetail, actually a sliding dovetail. Now this is a project I feel more comfortable getting into. The rocking chair is still down the road. I may, probably not get their, but “I have a dream”.
    Great project Paul!

  6. James Savage on 2 March 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Fantastic! With three young children there is never enough space to hang coats, hats, school bags etc. I love the practicality of your projects!

  7. courcour Pi on 2 March 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Well, how the sliding dovetail will be done ?

  8. Greg Jones on 2 March 2018 at 2:00 pm

    I’m guessing that the flip-top desk in the background is the next project after the coat rack?

  9. Michael Barnes on 2 March 2018 at 3:33 pm

    When will the first episode be released?

    • hphimmelbauer on 2 March 2018 at 4:02 pm

      On one of those Wednesdays ahead in this Year I guess; sorry – I could not stand the bait. 🙂 But I am looking forward to this. I think of reworking my wardrobe in the entrance and I think one step further: What, if I use this coat rack as an upper frame of wooden plate beside a chest of drawers whos backplate is so big, that a mirror fits in his frame?
      Sorry, I am Austrian, not native speaking English, but I hope I could make myself understood.

      • Michael Barnes on 2 March 2018 at 4:35 pm

        I’m assuming it’s a Friday project…since the introduction video was released on a Friday

        • foz68 on 2 March 2018 at 5:31 pm

          It’s a paid series so the first one will be next Wednesday as the last series on the selves finished this week.

        • Philip Adams on 5 March 2018 at 1:44 pm

          Andrew has it. The first episode will be up on this coming Wednesday.

  10. jakegevorgian on 2 March 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I dig that table on the right.

  11. George McCarthy on 2 March 2018 at 6:19 pm

    I wonder if you will ever transition away from the Vimeo player. It’s so awful. Constant buffering, instances where it just crashes and won’t work until I refresh the page, and playback errors.

    • Philip Adams on 5 March 2018 at 1:53 pm

      Hello George, Vimeo tends not to downgrade the resolution as quickly as say YouTube. This can be the main thing that causes issues. You can adjust the resolution manually by clicking the gear symbol. If you have further trouble, click on the video and press d, open link, and copy it. Then send it to us through the contact tab and we will look into it.
      All the best, Phil

  12. Daniel Agostinelli on 2 March 2018 at 9:10 pm

    I do not see a need for the pegs to be set inside of dove tails, but I think it is a good practice for developing woodworking skills.

    • Peter Bernhardt on 3 March 2018 at 11:23 pm

      Have you ever had a coat rack like this that had pegged dowels for hangers? I have and they loosen up over time and can’t take much weight. The great advantage of this type of joint is its strength and durability. You will be able to put a lot of weight on those hangers and they won’t budge. In fact, I reckon the weight limit will be determine by how well you secure the backer board to the wall. They look pretty good, too, imho. Cheers.

  13. Brian Miller on 3 March 2018 at 12:00 am

    I agree with Skeeball in the above comment 100%. I also believe it’s all about a sharp tool. Hard to learn about the wood and practice on skills when one is fighting the tool. Bring it on, I’m excited. Now I’ll go see if I can sharpen a plane iron in less than two hours.

  14. YrHenSaer on 3 March 2018 at 10:24 am

    I would also like to see a little more on that very interesting escritoir in the background. I hope that it inspires a future project.

    This is an interesting project that could also transform itself into a free-standing hat/coat stand; I’ve made a few of those in the past and it certainly makes a change in appearance and technique from the ubiquitous screw-on hooks.

  15. tenbears on 4 March 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Can you please verify the 56 degree acute angle measured from the 2″ side as indicated on the drawing for the hook layout. Dashed line on the drawing is more in the neighborhood of 68+ degrees. The dashed lines are parallel and appear to be about a quarter inch apart so you get two hooks out of one 2″ x 5″ block

    • Philip Adams on 5 March 2018 at 4:35 pm

      Hello Eric, good spot. The 56 degree angle on the drawing is marked incorrectly. If you look at how Paul marks it out, that is the correct place for it. I will get the drawing corrected and uploaded as soon as possible.

      • tenbears on 6 March 2018 at 12:08 am

        Angles are correct once I figured the 56degs label should have been to the horizontal datum not from vertical. The 36 is the acute angle between to get the cut on the long edge. Took this apart with Sketchup trying to make those angles work by the drawing and I was doing a bundle of head scratching. Thanks for the reply. Anxious to see the Master work his magic with this. Those “Pegs” are a bit of a trick to hold onto.

  16. Tom Davies on 5 March 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Really nice. Is there are place where we can make suggestions for future projects?

    • Philip Adams on 5 March 2018 at 3:58 pm

      Hello Tom, you can make suggestions by emailing us through the contact tab at the top of the page. Thanks, Phil

  17. Michael T on 1 March 2020 at 6:52 am

    Is there reason why the stock is 13/16″ thick? Could I used 3/4″ stock for the pegs and backer board? Thanks

  18. YrHenSaer on 1 March 2020 at 10:36 am

    Why not?

    Use what timber you have to hand. The important thing is that the type of wood you have is suitable for the demanding joints in this exercise.

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