In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make a wall-mounted wooden coat hanger with natural tree limb pegs. This project would make a lovely natural addition, and bring a touch of Scandinavian style, to your home decor. If you're new to woodworking, make sure you read our woodworking fundamentals tutorial.
Wood 38cm long x 9.5cm tall x 2cm wide (15in long x 3.75in tall x 0.75in wide)
Tree limb 20cm to 25cm piece of tree limb (8in-10in) and approximately 2.5cm to 4cm wide (1in-1.5in wide)
Miter saw or band saw
Drill and various drill bits
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1. Prepare the Base Piece of the Coat Rack
Start by deciding how long you would like your wall-mounted coat rack to be. For this tutorial, the back portion of the coat rack is 38cm (15in) long and will have three natural wood pegs. You can adjust the length according to your needs.
Mark the length of the base and cut. Now plot where the pegs will be located. Mark the center of the board lengthwise with a line from left to right.
On the line that you just plotted, mark the place where the center of the pegs will be. The measurements are 6.4cm (2.5in) from the left edge to the center of the first peg.
From the first peg mark to the second peg center is 12.7cm (5in).
The distance from the second peg mark to the third is also 12.7cm (5in). There should be 6.4cm (2.5in) from the third peg mark to the right side edge of the board.
At each peg mark, drill a shallow 0.5cm (¼in) hole with a bit that is slightly larger than the head of the screws you are using. This hole will allow you to recess the screw heads.
Now in the shallow hole you just drilled, drill a second hole. This hole is the pilot hole for the screw that will hold the back and pegs together. Choose a drill bill that is thinner than the diameter of the screw shaft.
Place this hole in the middle of the first shallow hole you drilled. Drill all the way through the board. Sand the base piece to remove any pencil marks and to finish the edges and faces.
2. Make the Pegs
Start with a tree limb that is dry and seasoned, as green wood will crack when it goes dry. Decide what length pegs you would like. I cut my pegs to approximately 6.5cm (2.5in) long. They are not all exactly the same length, but that just adds to the coat rack’s rustic charm. Mark the limb for the length you want. Make sure to work around any blemish or weak spots.
Cut limb into pieces with a miter saw or band saw and sand any rough edges.
Mark the spot where the screw is to be placed at one end of the peg. The pith (the soft or spongy part at the center of the growth rings) is a good place for this.
At the spot marked at the end of the pegs, drill a hole using the same thin drill bit. This is the pilot hole for the screw to go into the peg.
Now carefully screw the screws in so that a bit of the tip has gone all the way through the board, but the head is not fully seated into the recess.
Line up the pilot hole in the pegs with the screw tip on the front of the coat rack base using a drill or screwdriver. Finish screwing the screw in, which will draw the peg to the base and create a solid foundation for the peg.
Hang Your New Rustic Wall-Mounted Coat Rack
Use your favorite hanging method to add your newly-made coat rack to any room. It is sure to add a touch of simple, natural flair and a touch of Scandinavian style.
In this tutorial, you learnt how to create a base piece for a coat rack by plotting the peg marks and drilling holes. You also learnt how to make coat pegs from natural timber limbs and screw them into the coat rack.
This is a simple wood-working tutorial with a beautiful result that can be used in any room throughout your home. You could place it at a lower point in your child's room to organise and easily access coats, bags, umbrellas and hats - or bags of small toys.