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My wife has one of these hangers left. A friend informed me it is called a drapery hanger. This past Sunday I had to use it to hold up the lower third of my clergy gown so I could transport it to a church where I would have the sermon. My wife informed me I had most certainly better not forget and lose this hanger! I did not forget. And, I decided to make a copy better than the original so we would have a backup.
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Step 1: Materials and tools

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The photo shows the original hanger with a cardboard roller across the bottom. At the top of the photo is a dowel rod about 3/4 inch in diameter. The cardboard roll on the original is a little larger in diameter, but this is what I had. Also pictured is some steel rod about 1/8 inch in diameter. It is from a folding tripod floral stand like those used at funerals. I officiated at a funeral and no one wanted the floral stand afterward. The funeral director said it was fine for me to take it for my welding projects. The steel has some bends in it that will need to be straightened.

  • 1/8 inch steel rod
  • Larger diameter dowel rod
  • Wood saw
  • Hacksaw
  • Drill and bit
  • Vise-Grip pliers
  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer
  • Pipe to form bends
  • Vise
  • Welder

Step 2: Straighten the bends in the steel rod

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Some preliminary straightening can be done with a Vise-Grip pliers. Then pound the steel flat on an anvil or the flat area on a vise. Twist the rod as it is pounded and most of the bends will disappear completely. See the second photo. Grind a rounded end on one end of the steel rod.

Step 3: Cut and drill the dowel

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The standard width of a clothes hanger is 18 inches. Cut the dowel for this width. Locate the center of each end. Drill into the center of the dowel about 1 1/2 inches from each end with a bit the size of the steel rod. 
claudg19501 year ago
I guess the steel rod fits snugly into the ends of the wooden dowel. Otherwise the dowel would spin (roll?)... With your attire that might not be a problem, but often, when I fold my pants around a slippery horizontal member of a similar hanger, in no time the pants end up on the floor. :-) I suppose the cardboard roller comes with a notch at each extreme precisely to avoid that problem... As always, all the best.
Phil B (author)  claudg19501 year ago
The steel rod fits snugly enough that the dowel does not roll, even with a pair of pants hung on it. Thanks.
gnach1 year ago
Suspended ceiling wire might work too, although it might only be 12ga and galvanized. It could pass thru a piece of 1/2" PVC, folded, twisted and hooked, rather than welded.
Phil B (author)  gnach1 year ago
It would be worth a try. Thanks.
Dr.Bill2 years ago
You might be able to teach The Hanger Factory in Bennington, VT a thing or two.
Phil B (author)  Dr.Bill2 years ago
Thank you.
Ninzerbean2 years ago
I had one of those too, and I just loved it.
Phil B (author)  Ninzerbean2 years ago
You are good with craft projects. Would you ever consider tracing my steps, more or less, and making one? I am just curious.
No, I thought about how much I liked my hangar when I used to have it, and I looked to see how it was made and I just thought at that time that I would collect some tube if any came in the mail and cut a hangar and put the tube in place of the wire I had cut away. The one I had, had the wire folded over to fit snuggly inside the tube, it was not going to budge. Your way looks too hard compared to my way. But I know you and I know you made it right. So the simple answer is that I would maybe make one if I did not now own the most fantastic hangars in the world (black fuzzy thing I got at Costco), but I would make it my way.
rimar20002 years ago
Super hanger! It will not sprain hanging a heavy coat....
Phil B (author)  rimar20002 years ago
You are correct, Osvaldo. We like the high throat and the roller across the bottom. (It actually does not roll, but provides a larger diameter for holding the bottom third of a gown up in a compact package.
londobali2 years ago
Neat one Phil..
I bet your wife didn't rolled her eyes when you made this instructible.. :)

Thanks for sharing..
Phil B (author)  londobali2 years ago
You are right. She did not. Thank you.