By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Hang up your clothes! That command won't be heard as often in your house once you have one of these dandy coat trees. In a kid's room, a clothes rack like this is a colorful addition that's a lot more likely to be put to use than a hanger in the closet.
We made one and painted it with a bright, high-gloss enamel spray paint. The pole is made of 2x 2 lumber and has four feet made of lx4 stock. The hooks are 1/2-inch-diameter dowels set in holes drilled into the pole at a slight angle. Inexpensive and easy to make, the coat tree makes a handsome and useful gift.
The 2x2 lumber may be found at all home centers and lumberyards. Pick care- fully through the stack, and choose a good, straight piece. You might have to purchase an extra-long 2x2 and have the yardman cut off the warped ends. You can cut your pole to any length you want. If you are making this clothes rack for one of your apprentices, cut it for a stretching reach, since apprentices grow fast but this tree doesn't.
Cut the 1/2-inch dowel pegs © to 5-inch lengths. Next, lay out their location on the pole. Measure down 3 inches from the top of the pole, and make a straight line across the pole. Then mark the middle of this line (3/4 inch from edges). This spot is the location of your dowel hole. Use a combination square to lay out positions. Duplicate this on the opposite side of the pole. The lower peg holes are located on the other two faces of the pole, 5 inches from the top and centered. Lay these out in the same way as the upper holes.
We put our pegs in at 20-degree angles, but you can angle them as you wish. Mark your angle on a piece of cardboard, and cut it out to use for a guide when you drill. Clamp the pole to a table, and have one member of the team hold the cardboard guide firmly along the center of the pole. Keep your 1/2-inch drill lined up with the cardboard guide, and all your holes will be drilled at the same angle. Drill the holes 3/4 inch deep.
The base pieces (A) for your coat tree are cut next. Measure down the lx4 stock 10 inches. Then mark off a 45-degree angle back toward the end you measured from.
Cut along this line to form an angled foot. The angled piece remaining will form the next foot. Measure 10 inches from the point, and make a square cut. Repeat this process to cut the other two base pieces.
Drive three number 4 finishing nails into each base piece about 1 inch from the square end just deep enough so their points begin to come out the other side. Then put glue on the bottom 31/2 inches of one side of the pole, put the foot in place flush with the bottom and the edge of the side of the pole, and nail into place. Turn the pole, and follow the same procedure for the other three base pieces. For the last piece, extend the bottom of the pole over the end of the table.
Your dowel pegs © are quick and easy to install. For each dowel, place glue on one end, extending 3/4 inch up the sides, and push into a hole. After the glue has dried, sand the pole and base smooth and give your tree several coats of paint, sanding lightly between applications.
Two to three hours for cutting, building, and assembling, plus drying time for glue and finish.
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