detail of the top a a coat rack similar to the standing coatrack you can build
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How to Build a Standing Coatrack

Construct a coatrack in the wood of your choice for a place to hang up your hat

This timeless accent piece is more than just a catchall for outer layers. It's a welcome addition to any entryway, providing seasonal storage without the commitment of installing a wall-mount rack. The Arts and Crafts–inspired example here has clean lines that feel at home in a house from any era. If you decide to build one, you'll cut the parts from 8⁄4 stock, which is just under 2 inches thick. Lumberyards offer this dimension in a number of wood species, but to stay true to this piece's period roots, go for oak. Your new hall tree will make your entryway as organized as it is inviting.

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Steps // How to Build a Standing Coatrack
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Overview of How to Build a Standing Coatrack

 
Step One // How to Build a Standing Coatrack

Overview of How to Build a Standing Coatrack

Overview of How to Build a Standing Coatrack
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

For a coatrack that stands 74 inches tall:

8/4×8/4 red oak post: one @ 72 inches

8/4×3 red oak feet: two @ 20 inches

Download a printable cut list here

 
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Make the Feet

 
Step Two // How to Build a Standing Coatrack

Make the Feet

Make the Feet to build a standing coatrack
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

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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Assemble the Rack

 
Step Three // How to Build a Standing Coatrack

Assemble the Rack

Assemble the rack to build a standing coatrack
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Clamp the post with its base overhanging a workbench. Dry-fit the upper foot and mark the center axis. Using a drill/driver with a ⅛-inch combination countersink bit, drill through the upper foot and into the end of the post. Pop the foot off, apply wood glue to the faces of the notch, and fasten the foot to the post with a 3-inch wood screw. Apply wood glue to the notch on the lower foot and clamp it in place, crossed with the upper foot, to form the stand.

 
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Finish the Rack

 
Step Four // How to Build a Standing Coatrack

Finish the Rack

Finish the rack to build a standing coatrack
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Use 220-grit paper to lightly sand the surface of the rack, and finish it in paint or stain. Install coat hooks on all four sides, staggering the heights to accommodate jackets and hats of different sizes.

 
 
 

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