making a simple entryway coat rack with 6 wooden modern hooks

It was time to make some changes to our entryway hall, so we started with a wall-mounted hook rack. For a few years, we used a large beam pinewood coat rack with a lot of wooden hooks. Now, we wanted to change it with a new one: simple, minimalist. We also wanted it to take up less space on the wall. So, this design seemed to be the right choice.

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How to make a simple wall mounted coat hook rack

A simple wall-mounted hook rack project made out of ash scraps

For this project, I wanted to use only scraps, as the hooks were perfect for using such pieces of wood.

I went into the workshop to find pe right scraps for my project. I wanted to find a few pieces with two faces already planed (or at least one of them), long enough to make the hooks about 40 cm long.

I searched for some ash wood scraps for making the wooden hooks
Ash scraps needed to make the hooks

1. First I cut one edge of the scraps with the band saw to remove the bark for one of them or to make them narrower.

I cut the edge of the ash scraps to be able to plane them to the needed thickness
Cutting the edge of the scraps

2. Then I planed and squared one edge. I cut them again with the band saw to get 6 cm width (that was the width I needed to be able to draw the shape). After that, I planed them to get the right thickness (about 2,2 cm).

I cut the boards to the width needed to make the hooks
Cutting the boards to the needed width

I cut all the pieces (6 pieces – I wanted to make a coat rack with 6 hooks) with the sliding circular saw. In the end, all the pieces were cut to the same sizes: 40 cm in length, 6 cm in width, and 2,2 cm in thickness.

I cut the ash planks to the right size to make the hooks for the entryway wall-mounted hook rack
Cutting the pieces of wood to the needed length

Making the shape of the ash wood hooks

1.To make the shape of the hooks I started by drawing the shape on one side of each piece. I have to admit that I made a few trials before getting this shape. I wanted to make it so the top of the hook was longer than the bottom one. I also wanted that the bottom to be slightly more retracted.

I drew the shape of the wooden hooks on one side, to cut it with the band saw
Drawing the shape of the wooden hooks

2. After I drew the shape I cut each piece with the band saw. I was very careful not to cross the drawn lines.

I cut the shape of the wooden hooks with the band saw
Cutting the shape of the hooks with the band saw

3. Before cutting them to make the sharp shape, I had to sand the previous cutouts. For that, I secured them all together, with an F clamp, trying to keep them in the same plan. I used the belt sander with 80 grit sandpaper to sand them quickly.

I secured the hooks with an F clamp to be able to sand them with 80 grit sandpaper
Sanding the cuts

4. I cut the ends with the sliding circular saw.

I cut the ends of the wooden hooks to get a pleasant appearance
Cutting the ends of the wooden hooks

5. I drew lines on each edge of the top. I made their sharp shape only at the top of the hooks. I measured 5 mm from each edge and 20 cm along the edges. I drew the lines between those points and I got the final shape.

to get a tapered shape of the hooks, I drew two lines on each edge of the top of them
Drawing lines to get the sharp shape

6. I cut them again with the band saw, and I got the final shape.

I cut the shape of the wooden hooks with the band saw after I sanded the previous cuts
Cutting the hooks with the band saw

7. I sanded them with 150 grit sandpaper. For that, I secured the belt sander to the workbench. That way, I could easily sand each side, until I removed every single trace left by the blade of the band saw. I also sanded manually the sharp edges with 120 grit sandpaper.

the way the ash wood hooks look after sanding them with 150 grit sandpaper
The hooks were sanded with 150 grit sandpaper

8. In the end I applied a layer of water-based primer, on all the sides. After the primer dried I sanded the hooks with 320 grit sandpaper and applied a layer of water-based varnish after cleaning the dust with a cloth.

I finished the wooden hooks with water based varnish
The wooden hooks finished with water-based varnish

Making the base for the hooks

For the base, I used a 5 cm width board. It was wider than 5 cm and with big differences of thickness, all over the surface, with a single face straighten.

After I got the plank to the right thickness and width, I cut its ends. The final length was 80 cm.

I divided its length to get 5 equal spaces between the hooks, and half of the space at each end.

I measured and marked the positions of the slots for installing the ash wood hooks on the wooden base
Measuring and marking the positions of the slots

I decided to route, with a top bearing flush-trim pattern router bit, a 5 mm depth channel for each hook, to be easier to assemble the coat rack and to have a nice appearance.

For that, I took a handmade router guide (one used for an old project). I secured it to the plank and I started routing the channels. Because the guide was less wide than the needed width of the channels, I had to change once the position of the guide and make another pass.

I routed the channels to be able to install the wooden hooks on the coat rack base
The channels routed to install the wooden hooks

After routing the channels, I sanded the base with 150 grit sandpaper, with the belt sander, and slightly rounded the edges manually. I protected it with water-based primer and varnish.

after sanding the base of the coat hook rack, I finished it with water-based primer and varnish
The ash wood base finished with water-based primer and varnish

Installing the wall-mounted hook rack

To be able to mount it on the wall, I used a keyhole slots router bit to route two hidden slots on the back of the base.

making keyhole slots for a wall-mounted hook rack
Keyhole slots for mounting the coat hook rack on the wall

In the end, I assembled the hooks:

  • I drilled pilot holes from the back of the rack base to the front, through the hooks
  • I countersunk the pilot holes
  • I attached the hooks to the rack base with screws
how I installed the ash wood hooks
Installing the ash wood hooks

That was all! I mounted it on the wall:

  • I drilled 2 holes into the entryway wall
  • I put plastic wall dowels into the holes
  • I screwed 2 screws
  • I hung the hook rack using those screws
making a solid wood entryway wall mounted coat rack with 6 hooks
Modern and simple entryway wall coat rack with 6 wooden hooks

It seemed to be the best option for our entryway hall:

how to make a simple, but modern wooden entryway coat hook rack
Simple and modern entryway coat hook rack
how to make a modern entryway 
 wall-mounted hook rack
A modern ash wood wall-mounted hook rack
simple entryway wall mounted hook rack made out of solid ash wood
The wall-mounted coat rack made out of ash wood

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