Wooden Cubicle Coat Hook

Introduction: Wooden Cubicle Coat Hook

Many of us are working in small cubicles for hours every day. In these ugly cubicles there is place for a computer, a chair and plenty of drawers you'll never use. That's it. What about a decent place to put your coat? That's the project we will do in this instructable.

Step 1: Required Material and Tools

No nails, no screws required for this project. All you need is:
  • About 18 inches long of 3/8" wood dowel
  • One 8x12 inches 3/4" thick wood piece (pine here)
  • One 3x12 inches 3/4" thick wood piece (pine here)
  • Some wood glue
The tools you need are quite simple. A saw, a hammer (rubber hammer if available) and some sand paper. To add some style you can use a plane to smooth out the edges of the assembly.

Step 2: Drill Top Jointery Dowel Holes

Mark the location of the two holes on the small piece of wood. In this case I marked the holes 2" from the side and 1/2" from the top.

Clamp the small piece of wood on top of the large one to drill the holes through both pieces at the same time.

On the press drill or using a hand drill, make the holes all the way through both pieces using a 11/32" drilling bit.

Step 3: Cut Wood Dowels to Length

You will need two 3 3/4" long and three 3" long pieces of 3/8" wood dowel for the project. The two longer pieces are used to attach both wood pieces together. These length have been calculated for a 2 1/4" thick cubicle wall. If yours is different adjust the measurement accordingly.

The three shorter pieces are for the hooks. You can replace these home made hooks by some commercial hooks. I decided to go with wood dowel hooks because I wanted to make six of these for my partners at the office. Metal hooks would have been too expensive.

In the setup you see in the picture below, I used a stop block to cut all pieces the same length. I recommend this technique if you plan to make many of these.

Step 4: Body Assembly

Put some glue in the top holes of the large piece of wood and hammer the two longer wood dowels all the way through it.

Then, place the small piece on top of it and hammer the piece half way through. Apply some glue in the holes and hammer the piece all the way through.

You now have a complete assembly without the hooks. It is now time to plane the edges (if required) and sand the piece before to install the hooks.

Step 5: Hooks Assembly

To finish the piece, you must drill three holes for the hooks to fit in. Mark the location of the holes, about two inches from the bottom and the side and one at the center of the piece.

To give the hook a slight inclination, place a small piece of wood between the table of the drill press and the large piece of wood. Drill the three holes about 1/2" deep in the wood board. I used the drill press lock bolt to make sure all holes are the same depth.

To round out the tip of the hooks I used a small drill as displayed in the picture below. That technique make a nice and smooth round finish. Apply some glue at the other end and hammer down the hook in the board.

Step 6: Build Some More for Your Partners!

You are done. I will not talk about the finishing process. There are thousands of instructables about the subject and ... actually ... I am not that good at finish!

I can tell right now that your partners at the office will ask you if you can make one for them. Let's do it ... it's simple, fun and will definitely make you someone they will never forget. Much more effective than a business card! ;)

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! Just wondered if there is someone on the other side of that wall? If so, why not make the coat hook double sided? Then you could both use it.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea but, the guy on the other side has its desk on this wall. His coat would touch the top of the desk ... I'll keep that in mind for my next job ... that may happen much faster than you think! ;)