Saw (crosscut or table)
Saw (crosscut or band)
3'-1" x 10" or 3/4" plywood
3'- 1" x 4"
Varnish (if desired)
3 or 4-1-1/4" wood screws
4- black coat hooks with screws
1" to 1-1/2" diameter dead and dry* branches (walnut, oak, or other hardwood)
* off the tree and ground for a year
Step 1: Preparing the Main Part
Step 2: Staining and Cutting the Rounds
Using a band saw with a "fence" attached, cut 1/2" thick rounds from the branches. Try the make the cuts perpendicular to the branch. My branches were dry walnut but I let them dry for a couple weeks more so that the bark would pop off easier.
Step 3: Applying the Rounds
Remove the first 2 or 3 rows, starting at one end. Keep them in the same order they were on the board. Put a good drop of wood glue where each round would be and replace the rounds on top of the glue drops. Lightly press down on the rounds to insure a good connection. Alternate removing one row and replacing a glued row, working your way from one end to the other until all the rounds are glued in place. Let the glue dry over night..
Step 4: Attaching the Hooks
On the back of the coat rack write your mane and the date you finished your project.
Securely mount the coat rack where you will receive lots of compliments on your project. If there is a hook slightly askew, leave a scarf hanging on it. No one will ever notice.