Making coat hooks (again)

I previously made some coat hooks in 2010, but I found myself in need of more.

For expedience, I figured I'd make them without a lathe this time.

My first try was to cut out a shape on the bandsaw and route a roundover on the edges. But the hook looked inelegant. So I made a template for an improved shape.

I traced five of these on some pieces of oak...

... then cut them out on the bandsaw. I cut pairs of hooks back to back on the pieces of wood.

Sanding the edges smooth.

I think a lot of people would attach a template and use a router follower bit to get the shape smooth but I prefer to just cut it out carefully and smooth the edges with a belt sander.

I had to use my strip sander for part of the inside edges though.

Having two hooks back to back made them much easier to hold while routing chamfers on the edges. The chamfer looks much crisper than the roundover I tried first.

I used a yoghurt cup to trace a round edge for the board that they are mounted on, then cut that out on the bandsaw (and sanded the resulting edge, of course)

I then rounded the edge of the board with a 1/2" roundover bit.

Normally, the next step would be to join the hooks to the board before varnishing, but I figured I'd try it in a different order this time.

The parts are easier to varnish when not yet assembled, so I did that before even cutting the holes and peg ends on the hooks.

Drilling the holes in the varnished board. The Forstner bit doesn't cause any tear out.

I cut the peg ends on the pantorouter. I used a round template to make the dowel. The template is slightly conical so I can fine adjust the size by moving the guide bearing further back along the dowel. I reused the template from making these larger joints, but with a smaller follower bearing this time, I could use the same template for 5/8" dowel ends.

Cutting the dowel end. I'm always working my way around the cut clock-wise. That way, the router is always cutting into the wood, so there's no chipout.

It's normally not advisable to cut in this direction, because the router will pull itself along the wood, but my fingers are far from the router, and with the pantorouter the operating lever gives me a lot of mechanical advantage, so I have good control of the router.

Now gluing in the pegs. Because I cut the holes and dowel ends after varnishing, I didn't have to worry about not getting any varnish on those parts. And now, any glue squeezeout ends up on a varnished surface, so it's easy to wipe off.

The pegs protruded out the back a bit, but a router with a straight bit did a super fast job of cutting those off. Much faster than flush cutting with a chisel, and less risk of damaging the surface than even a flush cut saw.

To mount the coat hooks on the wall, I just screwed through the front. Easiest and strongest that way, and once the hooks have coats on them, the screw can't be seen anyway.

I started by finding the studs, then holding the hooks where I wanted them and marking where I needed to place the screws so they'd go into the studs.

All done.

See also:

Making a small
Corner shelf
Making a toilet roll
, with Rachel

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