Rustic Coat Rack From a Tree Branch

Make a coat rack from a tree branch to bring the warmth and charm of natural wood into your home in a creative, functional way.

rustic coat rack
A rustic coat rack is the perfect way to add coat storage to your mudroom or back entryway without taking up floor space.
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tree branch coat rack
Step 1: Choose your branch. Make sure you use a hard wood, such as maple, oak, dogwood or apple.
sawing coat rack
Step 2: Trim off all of the little knots and branches that you don’t want serving as coat pegs.
tree craft coat rack
Step 3: With your saw, trim off all the ends of the branches that remain — the ones that will be serving as pegs.
making coat rack
Step 4: Round off and smooth the ends of all of the peg branches. Spray on a clear finish, if desired.
coat rack arms
Step 5: Now for the backerboard. Choose a good, heavy board. I think this was an old floor joist I picked up at a local secondhand store.
nails in coat rack
Step 6: If you’re using an old piece of lumber like I was, make sure you pull out all the old nails that may be sticking out.
coat rack nails
Step 7: Cut off a piece the size you think will be right for the particular rack branch you’re using.
sanding coat rack
Step 8: Sand off any splinters or really rough spots.
Step 9: Position the branch on the backerboard, marking its position.
drilling coat rack
Step 10: Drill holes in the backerboard. Make sure you have the holes angled correctly so the lag screws will go straight up the base of the branch.
secure coat rack
Step 11: Drill through the backerboard into the base of the branch and countersink the hole. Unless you have four arms or a pretty sophisticated clamping system, you may need someone to help you hold the branch in place while you drill the holes for inserting the screws. To be on the safe side, I’d put in at least three long and strong lag screws. As long as you’re not using the wall rack for chin-ups, it should be fine for holding as many coats as there are branch pegs!

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