One day, one of my friends at the office wished she had somewhere to hang her coat. I then noticed our office wall had a bunch of unused wall plugs in them, (Don't ask me why though; they've always been there..) and I thought to myself: "Hm, two of those plugs just happen to be in exactly the right spot for hanging a coat rack... Should I..? Nahh.." *several weeks later* ..aaand then there was a coat rack in our office :)

Since we're into anime, the coat rack ended up being themed around a most-excellent anime series called Code Geass. However, when you're making something based on some existing series, one of my rules is that you should try to make it such that it's enjoyable for everyone, even if you don't know the series. It doesn't have to be blatantly obvious that this coat rack is based on Code Geass. Instead, you can make it your little secret that's hiding in plain sight, waiting for someone "on the inside" to be discovered :) With that said, enough with the introduction already; ikimashou!

Table of contents:
  • Tools and materials
  • Making the front panel
  • Cutting the Geass symbol
  • Making the back panel
  • Making coat hooks
  • Putting it all together
  • Making wall mounts
  • Finishing touches

Step 1: Tools and materials

Here's a list of everything you'll need to make the coat rack. While the list seems a bit lengthy, odds are that you already have most of it laying around the house. There's nothing fancy in there except for a scroll saw, but you should be able to get around with a jigsaw or a fretsaw too.

  • Long strip of wood (2m x 2.7cm x 1cm)
  • Small sheet of MDF (40cm x 10cm x 8mm)
  • Screws:
    • 10 flat head screws (about 2cm long), to attach the coat-hanging hooks
    • 8 dome head screws (about 1cm long), 6 to attach the wall mounts to the coat rack + 2 screws to serve as standoffs
    • 2 dome head screws (about 2cm long), to attach the wall mounts to the wall
  • Drill
  • Saws:
    • Circular saw (or a hand saw)
    • Backsaw + mitre box (The mitre box should at least be 10cm wide though. Otherwise, see this instructable to make your own variable-width mitre box.)
    • Scroll saw (Alternatively, you can also try a jigsaw, fretsaw, coping saw or a bandsaw.)
  • Files
  • Wood glue + rags (to clean up squeeze out)
  • Sandpaper (and optionally an orbital sander)
  • Cardboard
  • Double-sided tape
  • Spray adhesive (or a glue stick)
  • Clear lacquer spray (matte)
  • Spring/bar clamps
  • Pencil/knife + carpenter's square
  • Printer
  • To cut the red-black grid pattern (optional):
    • Grid-cutting tool (see step 2 in this instructable to build one out of Lego)
    • Utility knife
    • No. 2 pencil and a red colouring pencil
  • To make the wall mounts (optional):
    • Small sheet of metal (12cm x 3cm)
    • A metal bar-shaped object that's about 0.5cm thick (I ended up using a huge wrench..)
    • Hacksaw
    • Vice
    • Hammer
<p>This is a really good instructable, congratulations. One of this days i will try to make one.</p>
<p>Thanks! Have fun making your first instructable :)</p>
<p>That looks like a really cool coat rack. Nice craftsmanship. </p>
<p>Thanks! :)</p>

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