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Build a "vintage" barn board railroad spike coat rack & hat shelf

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I saw one of these that someone had made and really liked the idea, so I decided to try it myself (and I added about six more feet to the length). There's all sorts of safety hazards with this Instructable so please be careful if you decide to make one. Also, I'm pretty sure you're not allowed to wander around train tracks collecting discarded spikes, so please exercise more common sense than I did and, I dunno, maybe buy the spikes from a flea market or something.

If you're diggin' this Instructable, please check out this one I worked on with a good group of knuckleheads (we built a full-scale vintage WW2-era town and then blew it up all to heck). I sometimes get called on to make film props look vintage and aged and so forth; if anyone has examples of how they make things look worn and beat up I'd love to hear about it (I'm always trying to find new ways to make things look old!!!). Please post links to your Instructables in the comments section. Mucho mucho!
 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

Here is a a pretty complete list of stuff that I used:

Materials:
  1. Old barnboard (I cut one 8' piece in half and used the offcuts to make little gusset brackets)
  2. Nuts and bolts (to secure the metal to the wood)
  3. an 8' length of steel flatbar
  4. railroad spikes (I found mine on the ground along some tracks near my shop)
  5. crown staples (long enough to go through the thickness of your boards)
  6. shellac (I used concrete sealer but shellac would prolly be better)

Tools,
  1. Compressor and crown stapler
  2. angle grinder with wire cup
  3. hand saw
  4. welder
  5. metal chop saw
  6. vise
  7. ninja stars (just seeing if you're paying attention)
Old railroad tracks running next to house....check.
jimcathers1 year ago
Looks great, nice work!
foobear1 year ago
zomg gorgeous!!!
Nice build, now if only I can remember where I put my box of railroad spikes.
damianzuch (author)  MissouriVillian1 year ago
yeah, our shop backs out onto about 7 lines of track so there's probably hundreds of discarded spikes on the ground as soon as I step out my back door. I've seen some great blacksmithing photos of knives that some people make out of the spikes, they look amazing! I'm kind of itching to try making some knives now.
srohwer1 year ago
Favorited. Really nice job - and I like your drawings, too. Spikes are 5 for $10-$11: http://www.mcmaster.com/#railroad-spikes/=m7hhv6
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