Coat Rack from an Old Drawer

Coat Rack from an Old Drawer


Since the winter started my wife and I have
been putting our coats and jackets all over the house. While the cat seems to like it, Things have
kind of gotten out of control. We have an empty wall behind our front door
which I think Is a good spot to hang coat rack. Now, don’t tell my wife, but the real reason
for building this coat rack is that I just couldn’t wait to try out my new table saw,
even though I didn’t quite finish building it yet. I found this big drawer that someone threw
away. It’s really nothing special, it’s made out
of pine and has this blue colour all over it. Usually I won’t even bother picking something
this beat up off the curb, but I was curious to see if I could use the table saw to get
something decent out of it. I thought it would be a nice exercise. So I took the best looking board, which was
still a pretty bad looking piece of wood. It was a bit cupped, full of staples, and
pretty dirty too. So I took the staples out, half way with a
flat screw driver and the rest of the way with locking pliers. I then cut the board down closer to its final
dimensions, and ripped both sides off to get the board to be 13 cm (5″ 1/8) wide, which
was twice my maximal depth of cut. In order to straighten the board I needed
a flat reference plane, so I used two short screws to attach it to a sacrificial piece
of plywood. Now I could take care of the cup. I raised the blade and set up a featherboard
to hold the board tight onto the fence during the cut. Because this will apply pressure on fence
towards its end, I clamped the fence to the table on the back as well, to make sure it
doesn’t move. But I didn’t set the feather board properly,
since the workpiece got stuck when it hit it. So I repositioned it, and made the cut again. This time it worked out ok, so I flipped the
board and cut the other side as well. I had a little bit of burns and marks from
the blade, but after some scraping and sanding I got to a pretty decent result. And the cup was gone. At least on the upper side. Next I trimmed the board to its final dimensions. I wanted to chamfer the edges of the board,
by making a 45 degree cut on the table saw. In order not to ruin my zero clearance insert,
I removed it and put in a new one. It came out pretty nice, although I did have
a little bit of tear out. I thought it would be nice to add a small
inlay around the coat rack. A few weeks ago I found a lot of hardwood
flooring that was thrown away, so I had quite a lot of hardwood. I really felt like a kid in a candy store,
with all of this variety to choose from. I wanted to use something that will go nice
with the pine, but won’t have too much contrast. I’m really not sure what kind of wood this
is. So, if you have any idea, let me know in the
comments. In order to use the table saw to cut a groove
for the inlay, I glued some black electrical tape to the fence to mark the start and end
positions for the cut. I then tried to finish the grooves with a chisel. Although it was pretty sharp, I had a really
hard time removing the material, especially in the groove perpendicular to the end grain. This pine was so soft, so it was very hard
to work on without damaging it. So I decided to change plans, went back to
the table saw, and cut the groove all the way through. I then cut the hardwood inlay and glued it
in place. When the glue was dry I cut off the excess
material on the table saw. It was a bit awkward, but it worked out ok. And then it was simply a matter planning it
flush. After about half an hour of careful work,
the result was just spectacular. I ended up with beautiful shavings. Some were curly, some long and thin, and even
some of hardwood wrapped in pine. Oh, and I also got the inlay nice and flat. All I had left to do now was to take care
of the chamfers. Next I applied a couple of coats of water
based finish, and when it was dry I finally removed the sacrificial plywood from the back. Remember that blue color? In order to drill the holes for the dowels
I put a couple of C clamps on my temporary drill press to act as a depth stop, and used
some scrap wood to set the angle. I drilled two of the holes all the way through
using a smaller drill bit, so I could later drive in screws that will attach the coat
rack to the wall. By attaching a bolt to a piece of wood I made
something that I made something that I could use to hold the dowels in the drill, so I
could chamfer their ends. I could probably just use a chisel instead,
but where’s the fun in that? Because some of the dowels were a bit loose
in the holes, I used a relatively generous amount of glue. I wasn’t worried too much about cleaning it
up, since I already applied finish on the board. I gave the glue a short while to dry, and
then removed the excess. After a couple more coats of water based finish,
it was finally done! This was a really interesting experiment and
I learned a lot from it. I really didn’t think I could get something
this nice from that old drawer. The result is far from perfect, but I still
really like the way it came out. So it has some imperfections here and there,
but it really doesn’t matter all that much, because the thing about coat hangers… … is that you never get to actually see them. Till next time, thanks for watching. If you liked this video, please give it a
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20 Replies to “Coat Rack from an Old Drawer”

  1. רק את הווים הייתי מחליפה במשהו עם לולאה שיתפוס טוב יותר 🙂 חוצ מזה, משגע- והוידאו מעניין

  2. When using a chisel, don't cut directly flush. You should take oily layers until you are flush. So better cut the extra bit first with a saw then use a chisel to shave layers of it till it is flush.

    I only know this from watching YouTube. Never owned a chisel in my life. Flies away!!!

  3. Cleaver use of the drawer find. I like the results, imperfections show effort and diversity in the process, keep it real and continue on !!

  4. I've just landed on your channel watched almost all your videos and subscribed, you are very inspiring…
    I'll be needing to take your route of building my own tools and I'm so happy I found you, by the way I have makita hand tools too and I was wondering whether you have a video about your drill press coming soon?
    It's impressive.
    Keep up the good work

  5. Hi, nice video: question: how did you make that temporary drill-press jig with your battery drill??? 🙂

  6. Thanks, I really enjoyed watching this – I love the inlay detail, and how you worked around the initial problems. Looking forward to seeing more of your videos, and you finishing your table saw!

  7. Great video, and I love your home made saw..!

    I think that wood you used for the inlay is possibly Mahogany, maybe African Mahogany. take a look at the Wood Database, it's got a lot of great info on it. All the best..!

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