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.


| August 19, 2010


The following is an excerpt from Tree Craft: 35 Rustic Wood Projects That Bring the Outdoors In by Chris Lubkemann (Fox Chapel Publishing, 2010). You can tap the splendor of the outdoors easily and practically by crafting these woodworking projects that are at once rugged and artful. Using some found twigs, branches or fallen trees and a few basic tools, you can create Lubkemann’s unique, striking pieces for your own space. This excerpt is from Chapter 3, “Living.” 

This rather large and heavy coat rack is intended to be well-anchored to a wall. You definitely don’t want to attach it to a panel of drywall with a bit of Plasti-Tac or a few strips of double-sided sticky tape! Serious screws or bolts are required, so find a stud in the wall. After it’s up, it will hold a pile of coats.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS 

Hardwood branch
Strong board
Lag bolts
Handsaw
Pocketknife
Sandpaper
Clear finish
Hammer
Hand-held power drill
Twist bit to match lag bolts
Bit to countersink holes
 

INSTRUCTIONS 

1. Choose your branch. Make sure you use a hard wood, such as maple, oak, dogwood or apple.





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