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How to Build a Coat and Mitten Rack

This coat rack is easy to build with butt joints connected by screws that get hidden with wooden screw-hole buttons and wood plugs.

HWFALL1998_1003LEAD_106 Finished coat and mitten rackFamily Handyman
This coat and mitten rack mounts easily to the wall with screws driven through the hidden hanging strip on the back. The five large Shaker pegs are great for holding hats, umbrellas and coats, and the hinged-hatch door at the top keeps the clutter of gloves and scarfs from view. Maple is an ideal wood for Shaker-style pieces, but any hardwood will do. Figure on spending about $60 for wood, hardware and varnish.

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Project Overview: Shaker style coat and mitten rack

HWFALL1998_1003LEAD_106 Finished coat and mitten rackFamily Handyman

The design of this shaker style coat and mitten rack is easy to build with butt joints connected by screws that get hidden by wooden screw-hole buttons and wood plugs. The coat and mitten rack mounts easily to the wall with screws driven through the hidden hanging strip on the back. The five large Shaker pegs are great for holding hats, umbrellas and coats, and the hinged-hatch door at the top keeps the clutter of gloves and scarves from view. And you can build this project in a few hours, with an additional hour to apply a finish.

Project Directions:

1. Cutting the Pieces

HWFALL1998_1003_001 jigsaw cutting wood

Using a compass, transfer the pattern measurements in Fig. A, (below, in project PDFs), and then cut the sides (A) with a jigsaw (Photo above). Next cut the top (D) to length and rip the shelf (B) to the width given in the Cutting List (below, in project PDFs). Cut the hanging strip (F) and the peg strip (C) to the same length as the shelf (B). Sand the curved edges smooth. Now, using your spade bit, drill the 3/8-in. counterbore holes for the screw-hole buttons 3/16 in. deep into the outside of parts A (Fig. A and Photo 2, below). Also drill the 3/8-in. counterbore holes in the top. These holes must be 3/8 in. deep.

Mark and drill the 1/2-in. holes for the Shaker pegs in the peg strip. Drill the holes for the Shaker pegs per- fectly perpendicular to the peg strip to ensure they all project evenly when glued in place.

2. Assembly

HWFALL1998_1003_002 assembly of coat and mitten rack

Lay the pieces on your workbench, as shown in the photo below. Align the hanging strip (F), the shelf (B), and the peg strip (C) as shown and clamp the sides (A) to these parts. Predrill the holes with a combination pilot hole/countersink bit using the center of the counterbore holes as a guide. Next, screw the sides to B, C and F. Mark and drill hinge mounting holes in the top (D), then fasten the top to the sides in the same manner.

Glue and clamp the hatch stops to the inside of parts A, as shown in Fig. A. To finish the assembly, cut the hatch (E) to size and install the hinges on the underside of part D and the top of the hatch. Now glue the buttons and plugs into their corresponding holes. Use only a small drop of glue for the buttons but be sure to apply a thin layer of glue completely around the plugs. This will swell the plugs for a tight fit. After the glue is dry, trim the wood plugs flush with the top.

3. Finishing

HWFALL1998_1003_003 assembly of coat and mitten rack

After assembly, lightly sand the entire piece with 220-grit sandpaper. Apply two coats of clear Danish oil or polyurethane to all the surfaces (remove the hinges and knobs). Once the finish is dry, add two magnetic catches to the hatch stop (G).

NOTE: Be sure this coat and mittent is screwed to the wall studs. Drill two holes into the hanging strip at stud locations and use 2-1/2 in. or longer wood screws.

Project PDFs

Click the links below to download the materials list as well as the drawings for this project.

Project Drawing- Figure A

Project Materials and Cutting Lists