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!!!
Step 1: Get Ready
One found CD rack. (a wooden one with dowels)
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
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.
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.)
Step 4: Make it pretty.
Step 5: Drill the Angled Holes
If this angle looks good, go ahead and drill. If it's too shallow, but a board under the board you're drilling into. If it's too steep, put a board under the drill.
Repeat this step to drill all 4 holes. If you use this trick, all four holes angles should be the same. Drill just deep enough so that the hole makes a perfect oval.
Step 6: Attatch the Pegs
Step 7: Put it Where it Goes
I put my mitten rack onto a boot tray to protect the floor.
The great thing about making something from another piece of furniture, is that it already has a finish on it. No need to paint or stain.
This whole project only took me about an hour. Now we have nice dry mittens and boots. This project was free, and saved something from ending up in the landfill. For extra bonus points, you could make the dowels on the coat rack shorter, and put a shelf on top, to hold more stuff.