Step 1: Make the Feet

Make the Feet to build a standing coatrack
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Use a miter saw to size the parts according to the downladable cut list. You'll form the stand by crossing two feet at a half-lap joint. To mark your notch cutout lines, trace the width of the 8/4-inch stock across the top edge of each foot, at its center. On the upper foot, use a square to transfer these lines to the opposite edge. To notch the top of the lower foot, set your miter saw to stop at a depth of 1½ inches.

Use the saw to carefully cut along the inside of each line, then make a series of kerfs between the two cuts. Clean up the bottom of the notch with a chisel and a rubber mallet. Use the same method to notch the upper foot, making a 1-inch-deep notch in the bottom and a ½-inch-deep notch in the top to accept the post.

To round off the top corners of the feet, trace the curve of a 1-quart paint can, cut the lines with a jigsaw, and sand the cuts smooth.
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    Tools List

    • 100-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • pencil
      Pencil
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • Painter's Tape
      Painter's tape
    • handsaw
      Fine-tooth handsaw
    • chisel
      1-inch wood chisel
    • mallet
      Rubber mallet
    • 1-quart paint can
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • 1/8-inch bit with combination countersink
      -inch combination countersink bit
    • hand clamps
      Clamps
    • 2½-inch sash brush

    Shopping List

    8/4×8/4 red oak Get one 6-footer.

    8/4×3 red oak Get one 4-footer.

    Wood glue

    #10 3-inch wood screw

    Paint or stain

    4 coatrack hooks