If you're sick of stuffing jackets ­into the cramped hall closet but don't want them dirtying the wall beneath hooks near the front door, a freestanding coat rack could be just the ticket.
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    Tools List

    • jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver, fitted with a combination bit

    Shopping List

    1. 58-inch newel post

    2. 2½-inch deck screws

    3. 3/8-inch screw hole button

    4. Primer and paint or stain

    5. Poplar 2x2

    6. 4 coat hooks