Woodworking Project: From Tree Branch to Coat Rack

Use a found tree branch and some basic tools to craft this simple, rustic coat rack.

| March 22, 2011

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 beauty and splendor of the outdoors easily and practically by crafting Lubkemann’s creative, charming woodworking projects. Tree Craft includes step-by-step instructions and photos for 35 earthy-yet-elegant home accents, such as kitchen utensils, photo frames, table lamps, vases and a coffee table. This excerpt is from Chapter 3, “Living.” 

I’ve made a number of standing coat and hat racks over the past several years. Some are on the narrow side and have only a few branches for hanging. Others are much wider and can accommodate a whole bunch of coats and hats. The main goal of the standing coat rack is to have a sturdy and stable piece that really serves the purpose and looks good. For a large coat rack of this type, you’ll need to look for a strong, straight sapling that branches out nicely at the top at a practical coat-hanging level. Admittedly, this particular coat and hat rack is probably way too big for my little house, but I’m sure it will eventually end up in the lobby of some restaurant or in the hallway of a much larger home where it just fits the décor.


Large branch or part of tree
Slab of trunk for base
Stain to match bark
Hand-held power drill
Wood putty or other gap filler


1. The largest standing coat rack I’ve made so far came from a young Bradford pear tree that my neighbor Tim took down because it was starting to blow over. As had happened before, Tim’s loss was my gain. (One of his chopped-down maple trees provided the giant fork for my pumpkin launcher ... football field-length shots with small pumpkins). Find a tree like this for you coat tree.

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