Step 2: Make a French Cleat

Make a French Cleat to build a wall-mounted coatrack
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Adjust the bevel angle on your circular saw to 25 degrees, and set the blade depth to slightly deeper than the board's thickness. Cut the 1×3 upper cleat lengthwise to create two identical beveled strips.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • circular saw
      Circular saw (or table saw)
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • adjustable clamp
      Speed clamps
    • paintbrushes
      Paintbrushes

    Shopping List

    1x4 We chose pine. Get two 8-foot lengths.

    1x3 Get one 8-foot length.

    -by-2--inch fluted door casing Get two 7-foot lengths.

    Wire baskets Get two or more.

    Coat hooks and hardware Get three.

    Cup hooks Get two for each basket.1-¼-inch trim-head screws

    120-grit sandpaper

    Wood glue

    Primer and paint for the coatrack

    Spray primer and spray paint for the wire baskets