We described in a previous post a wooden shoe rack made out of pinewood. We also built a pine wood coat rack to match the shoe rack. It was built in the same minimalist style, still fulfilling all the requirements for a small apartment: it has a shelf for storing various useful things in the apartment entrance and enough wooden hooks.

For this coat rack I used a 2 cm thick pine wood panel with the same dimensions as the entryway bench: 70 cm long and 32 cm deep. The panel that I used was not bought, it was made by us in the workshop. The reason is simple: it is much more resistant (the bending risk is reduced because the planks used for it are wider than those used for the commercial panels), the panel being floated.

Although the majority of the coat racks which are made in this style (with spaced planks) are made from same size planks, I have chosen different length and width planks, which pass through the shelf. So, I used 3 planks at 9.5 cm wide (different lengths:120 cm, 110 cm and 92 cm) and 4 planks at 5 cm wide (different lengths: 43 cm, 59 cm, 67 cm and 93 cm), all 2 cm thick. After picking their size and cutting them accordingly, I sanded them on the visible face (I did not sand on the back so that they could lay flat on the wall – otherwise the edges could have become slightly rounded) and I beveled their edges.

In order to easily install the wooden coat rack, I cut the shelf according to the width of the planks used, leaving equal spaces between the 7 planks and the edges of the shelf.

The calculations are relatively simple: 70 cm (length of the panel) – 4 * 5 cm (width of the narrow planks) – 3 * 9.5 cm (width of the wide planks) = 21.5 cm.

The length obtained should be divided into the 6 spaces between the planks and the distances to the edges of the shelf. I got the conclusion that I should keep 3 cm between the planks and 1.75 cm from the edges of the shelf.

I calculated the places for mounting the planks on the back of the pine wood panel
Calculations for the cutouts

In depth, I cut out the 2 cm (shelf thickness) from the edge. I cut perpendicular with the jigsaw.

I first made the perpendicular cutouts with the jigsaw, for the cutouts in the wood panel used as a shelf,
The perpendicular cuts are done with the jigsaw

The cut, parallel with the edge of the shelf, was done with the router to make sure that the planks are placed perpendicularly on the shelf(there is a risk of bending the blade of the jigsaw and ending with each cut at a different angle).

 The parallel cuts to the edge of the pine wood shelf are made using the router
The parallel cuts
The cutouts of the wooden shelf have gone out very well
The wooden shelf of the coat rack

After the cuts, I covered the small defects with wood putty, I sanded the surfaces of the panel and beveled all the edges, except the edge that had to sit on the wall.

I made the hooks, 7 in number, from a round beech rod of 14 mm diameter. I cut them at 6 cm long using the method described in the article about safely and precisely cut a round bar.

I cut the beech wood hooks with a handmade guide in many pieces that will become the coat rack hooks
The pieces of beech wood rod which will become the coat rack hooks

I sanded the end of the hooks, and I beveled the sharp edges.

I sanded the end on the wood hooks and beveled the edges
Beech wood hooks

I marked the places where the wooden hooks had to be fitted, and I drilled the oblique holes using a fixed drill with a stand. There was no need to use the method presented in the article about oblique holes with a hand drill, because the pieces were small enough and light enough to hold them tight on the table of the drill.

I put each hanger in its position (I used glue to make sure they won’t start to move, although the holes were sufficiently precise that the small beech rods were forced into their holes).

the wooden hooks are stuck in their holes and stick with glue
The beech wood hooks mounted on the planks of the coat rack

All the pieces were stained, separately, with water-based walnut stain, protected with primer and transparent matte water-based varnish.

Before installing it on the wall, I screwed the planks into the cutouts made in the shelf. For gripping to the wall, I drilled some holes in the three wide planks. I used theese holes to screw the whole coat rack to the wall. In fact, only the two end planks were drilled, because in the third plank the hole hit the rebar in the concrete wall, which prevented me from drilling a long enough hole in the wall.

The appearance of the wooden wall mounted coat rack with different sizes of the planks and a shelf for storing the objects at the entrance hall of the apartment
The wooden coat rack was fitted to the wall
the wall mounted wood coat rack made out of different sizes of planks
The color matches the color of the door, although it is not identical due to the different textures and due to the fact that the doors are not made out of solid wood
some details with the shelf, the planks and the beech wood hooks
The different shades of color are normal for a solid wooden coat rack
the wooden hooks, the different sizes of planks and the pine wood shelf are stained with walnut stain, are protected with water-base primer and are varnished with colorless water-based varnish
Some details with the beech wood hooks

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