Introduction: Simple Branching Coat Rack

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This rack was inspired by a design I saw on etsy (

I do like to support local artists and craftsmen when possible, but at $75, this was not an option for me at the moment. In addition, I had a couple of extra branches and wood laying around. And of course, as always, if it can be built, I will build it.  

I have been teaching my girlfriend how to do basic handiwork, and for this project, I largely instructed and supervised while she assembled it. She did most of the sawing, nailing, and assembling. 

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Step 1: Supplies and Materials

The materials you will need will depend on how big and long you want your rack (or how much wood you have). I had enough wood to make a small one (15'' long x 13'' tall)
  • 1/2'' or 3/4'' plywood or hardwood
  • branching branches ( I used 6)
  • nails and/or screws (1'' or so will do)
  • 2 hanging hooks
  • saw
    • handsaw for cutting the branches
    • table saw, miter saw, chop saw, or handsaw to cut the frame. 

Step 2: Step 1: Cut and Trim the Branches

Cut your branches to the appropriate height of your rack. I cut mine to be approximately 12''. 

Trim the bottoms and tops of the branches if needed to make the branches stand upright. If you have a branch or two that has a weird lean or curve to it, leave it- it adds character. One of my branches had two branching sections (double the usage!)

Also, if desired, trim the ends of the branching sections where your coat will hang.

Step 3: Step 2: Cut the Boards for the Frame

Using your hand, miter, table, or chop saw, cut the boards to make the frame. My frame was approximately 8'' deep, 15'' long, and 13'' tall. 

Step 4: Step 3: Attach Branches to the Frame

Using nails or screws, attach the branches to the bottom of the frame first ( or top, the order doesn't matter). If you are using screws, it may be useful to pre-drill the holes first. 

Step 5: Step 4: Finish the Frame and Secure Branches

After you have attached your branches to the bottom of the frame, attach the sides of the frame using screws or nails. 

Then attach the top of the frame. Secure the top of the branches to the frame with nails or screws. 

Step 6: Step 5: Finishing Touches

Sand off any protruding edges. 

Use wood sealant or varnish to protect your new coat rack. 

If you want a "vintage" look to it, you could try putting some dents in the side with a hammer or nail. The wood I used was already quite old, so I didn't have to do anything. 

Hang it up using the 2 hanging hooks (you know the 'as seen on TV' hooks). I found they are actually pretty useful and durable, especially when you don't have any studs. 

Besides a rack, this also serves as a shelf! This is a small prototype. Later on I may build a longer one.

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