Shady Lane- Coat Rack

coat rack


Out with the old...

I find that people either use coat racks or they prefer a closet. Of course there is the back of the kitchen chair method as well.

My house does have a coat closet but we have it stuffed with so many different coats.  For the day to day coats I prefer to hang on a rack so it can air-dry from any snow or rain that leaves them wet.

Over 20 years ago my staff gave me the ultimate coat rack made from copper piping.  This was way before the 'industrial' craze.  I guess I was just a trendsetter!  I loved it. It was one of those treasured pieces that made the long haul to Canada.  But time weakened it, the soldering seams have become loose and it is now to the point that a new coat rack is needed.  (I am on the lookout for someone with soldering experience and see if it can be repaired.) 

But sadly time for a new coat rack.  The internet offers a lot of different ideas but I was looking toward a very basic design that I could modify to fit in the space I had.

UPDATE: I never did find a soldering solution so I tried welding epoxy and so far so good. Since it means so much to me, we use it for light clothes in the bedroom. That coat rack is a one of a kind and I still have it!

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I might be able to create something similar.. 


pipe coat rack
coat rac parts

Coat rack built to last!

There is a simple pattern on the kregs site.

One of the best tools I ever purchased was the kreg pocket hole jig.  So many of my project are improved by using the jig.  I am still learning on how to use it but it is really a game changer!

Small modifications were required for my own preference and space.  I started with a 4'x4'x6' piece and sanded the entire length until smooth.  Can I just say that 4"x 4"s were not cut for indoor use.  A lot of sanding was required-- days later...

I decided to go with 8 inch length 2"x4" pieces for the feet and also added a mitre cut on one end.  Using the sander, I slightly rounded the ends.  This took me a bit to get just right but the end look was perfect.

I was looking for a simple top.  Digging around in my junk drawer I found a circle metal piece leftover from an old wind chime.  A trip to Home Depot got me a small crystal knob pull which fit inside the metal circle. The entire piece was painted with chalk paint in a slate color, sanded down the edges and then used homemade dark wax to seal the piece.  I added 4 cast iron hooks that looked rustic enough to fit the piece.

It is solid and fits the spot perfectly.

UPDATE Nov 2022:  Going on three years of hard abuse.  My design still stands strong which is saying alot with the weight of some of my long coats.  Never tipped yet!  One of my all time favs. I highly recommend this build.

not all art needs a wall   :)