Overview

exploded illustration of a coat rack with all the parts labeled
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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At 72 inches tall, this handsome entryway accessory has enough height to hold full-length coats and long scarves, and still manages to dress up the space when left bare. Missouri–based woodworker Harvey Joyce designed and built this rack with a store-bought newel post, but you can collect and shape the pieces to assemble your own. For an extra touch of character, Joyce ­applied a crackled paint before coating the entire piece with a durable coat of polyurethane. Whether you choose a decorative finish, routered legs to add dimension, or ornate hooks that make a statement, your new addition will keep your woollies close at hand on your way out the door and promise a clutter-free foyer when you get home.

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    Tools List

    • jigsaw
      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