Picture of Coat Rack and Mitten Stand From Old CD Rack
My husband got an old CD rack from the side of the road and brought it home. We don't keep CDs out anymore, because of the kids. It has sat in the basement for a while, until now.
Being in New England in the Winter is wet and messy. With two kids, we always have wet and snowy hats, mittens, gloves, boots, coats, snow pants, etc. lying around on the floor. When they're in a heap, they never dry. But now, problem solved!!!
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Step 1: Get Ready

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Here's what you will need:

One found CD rack. (a wooden one with dowels)
paddle bit
screw and screw bit

Now dismantle the CD Rack. I used my handy dandy drill, and 6 screws later, the rack was in a bunch of pieces.

Step 2: Drill Some Holes

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Now, find the right size paddle bit, by comparing it to the holes that the dowels used to go into. I used a 5/8" paddle bit. Remove the screw bit from you drill and insert the paddle bit.
Now drill holes into what used to be the top of the CD rack. I made two rows of holes. Space them equally. (you can measure if you want to)
When drilling the holes, but a scrap piece of wood under the board, so that you don't drill into your floor. Drill the hole deep enough to the point of the paddle bit pokes through. Don't drill too deep, or you'll have a problem when you want to attach the dowels.

Step 3: Attatch the dowels.

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Now its time to attach the dowels.
I attached the full length dowels in the back row. Add a dab of glue, and screw through from behind. I used 1 5/8" screws.

If you can't stop the dowel from turning, use vice grips. If you are worried about the finish, put a paper towel, or cloth, between the vice grip and the dowel.

For the front row of pegs, I cut them with a saw. (I used a hand saw because it was handy, but you could easily use a circular saw.)

gemtree4 years ago
Ah, this also keeps the dogs from running off with the mittens/gloves/warm hats. My dogs think they are chew toys. Great idea and racks! I believe I have a rack and yes, I found mine on the side of a road as well.
bootkidz5 years ago
The wellie rack is cool
marc.cryan6 years ago
What's a CD?
Browncoat6 years ago
Great idea! But now what do you do w/your CDs...? ;)
domestic_engineer (author)  Browncoat6 years ago
They're lying dormant in a big CD book somewhere until the kids stop using them as frisbees.