This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BLACK+DECKER. All opinions are 100% mine.
Because closet space here is at a minimum, I am always on the lookout for a good coat rack. While there are inexpensive options out there, the ones I really like are in the $100 to $200 range, which is a bit out of my budget. So I decided to try my hand at a DIY coat rack, and I think you’ll agree that it turned out pretty well.
For this project, I’m using BLACK+DECKER GoPak Tools, and they have sponsored this post. Be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post worth $500 to Havenly.
The GoPak Tools come with a drill, sander, jigsaw, and light, and can help you tackle your simple repairs and DIY projects like this one. There is one battery to power all four tools and, I have to admit, I love the fact that there is no separate battery charger. You can plug in and charge the battery while the tool is connected. (There is a USB outlet on the battery, too, for your phone, tablet, etc.) Buy GoPak Tools today and get started.
DIY Coat Rack
- GoPak Tools
- wood glue
- tape measure
- string and push pin (to create a circle)
- 1/2″ drill bit or spade bit
- 1 3/8″ hole saw
- safety gear: gloves, safety glasses
- Rod: 1 3/8″ in 6′ length
- Dowels: 5/8″ balsa dowel, 48″ in length (you will only use around 30″ but my store only had the option of buying the pre-cut 48″ length)
- A piece of plywood or similar wood, at least 3/4″ thick and 14″ x 14″ (check your scrap pile, the neighbor’s scrap pile, or the scrap bin at your local lumber yard)
- 1 package of 1/2″ Round Head Plugs
DIY Coat Rack Step 1: Prepare the base
The base for this DIY Coat Rack is round. Therefore, we will use the jigsaw to make the cut in our plywood.
If you are new to a jigsaw, it’s best to practice on a scrap–draw a curved line and cut it. (Be sure to secure your piece with clamps) You will realize you almost need to turn the jigsaw before the cut. You will also need to frequently blow the sawdust away so you can see your line!
To create your circle, you can use a string, thumbtack, and marker, like I did here. Or, even better if you have a large platter that you can trace. A 13″ or 14″ diameter base is great.
Cut the base using your jigsaw. Be sure to secure it with clamps! You will have to unclamp and turn the piece often, but the clamps will hold the piece in place as you cut. Also, don’t forget your gloves and eye protection.
To cut the center hole, mark your center and attach your hole saw bit to the drill. Put a scrap piece of wood under the base and clamp it down. Push the pilot drill into the center and start drilling–you’ll need to put your weight into it. Lean onto your drill. You might find you need to pull the bit out every so often and blow out the sawdust.
Now use your sander and smooth everything out. Apply your 80 grit pad and round the edges and sand the surface and sides. Depending on the finish you choose you may want to follow up the surface sanding with a 120 grit.
My base seemed slightly warped (or my floor was uneven!) so I glued four of the round head plugs to the bottom of the base to help stabilize it.
DIY Coat Rack Step 2: Cut and insert the hangers
Next, we’ll tackle the hangers. (This is a good time to recharge your battery, too.) Note that there is no rule for the hangers, I have six hangers but you can add more, space them further apart, have a different length, etc. (You will want to keep the length within the diameter of your base.) I am giving you directions on my design, but feel free to adjust to your own style/needs.
Cut 3 lengths of 10″ each. Sand the edges to give them a slightly rounded feel. The 1/2″ round plugs will be added to the end of the hangers to create a stop, so you’ll want to lightly sand the hanger to create a larger surface area for the attachment of the plug. Use just the tip of your sander to smooth out a flat area on the hanger. Be sure to sand the same part of the other side of the hanger too. I kept the hanger in place and sanded both ends to be sure to keep them both on the same plane.
Now it’s time to drill the holes in the pole. I measured 3″ down from the top and drilled through the rod. The spade bit makes quick and easy drilling but will cause some splintering on the exit side of the hole it creates. But don’t worry, I have a fix for that. If you’re wanting a cleaner hole on both sides, use a drill bit. Start with a smallish bit, and then use consecutively larger bits until you finally drill with the 1 3/8″ bit.
Measure 3″ down from your hole and move over a third and cut another hole. Repeat for a third hole. Now take your sander and smooth out those splinters. Sand the top of the pole to round the edges.
If you screwed any of this up or want to do it again, cut off the bad section and start over. Don’t worry, you’ll still have enough height for your coat rack.
DIY Coat Rack Step 3: Assemble
Start at the top of your coat rack. Mark the middle of the rods, apply glue to just before the mark and insert. Twist the glue around to distribute evenly and measure to double check you have even pieces on each side showing. If you sanded a little spot for the plugs, be sure to place the sanded side up. Glue on each plug, and turn to make any necessary alignments.
Now put it all together! Do you want to take a little height off your pole? I cut mine down by 6″. How is your fit where the pole fits into the base? Is it slightly loose like mine? Wrap masking tape around the bottom of the pole, one layer at a time, until you get a tight fit. It helps to leave a little overhang at the bottom which you pinch inward to help the pole into the hole.
Now that your fit is tight and you’re happy with the height, you’re ready to make it permanent! Spread wood glue around the bottom of the pole with your fingers and also add to the inside of the hole at the base. Push your pole into the hole (it should be tight!) and let it set and cure. If you still have a little bit of lean in your pole like me (was my hole not straight?), take some flat toothpicks and push into the gap between the pole and base to shim. Do this while the glue is still wet so that it will set in the proper position. Cut the toothpicks with a box cutter or Exacto knife after the glue has cured.
DIY Coat Rack Step 4: Choose your finish
You’re ready to use it! If you like, you can stain or paint your coat rack. For a quick finish, I treated mine with brown spray paint (primer + paint in one) and some white paint. I’m stoked with the result!
And the cost for this DIY Coat Rack? Mine came in at around $27. I bought the dowel, pole, and plugs for $12.50 plus I needed the hole saw for another $14. I had the wood for the base and all the other supplies, including the paint. Not bad!
I want to thank BLACK+DECKER for introducing me to the GoPak Tools. They were easy to use and great for this project. Where to Buy. I said it before, but the one thing I really loved about this set is that I can charge the battery with the same cords that I use for my camera and Bluetooth headset. In other words, I don’t have to store another type of charger or cord. Perfect!
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