Coat hooks and shelf
I previously made these coat hooks in 2010, then this boot nook and these ones in 2014 after Rachel moved in. Rachel then added these mitt hooks, but thanks to baby, we are out of places to hang stuff by the back door again, so I made more coat hooks.
The coat hooks consist of a board with dowels in it, with another board above it as a shelf for baby's shoes. The dowels stick out at an angle. Here I'm eyeballing what angle would look good and setting the bevel gauge to that angle.
This block of wood will be my drill guide. I started by drilling a hole through it. Now I just need to cut it so it rests against the wood at an angle.
I left a small "hook" on one side to help position it.
The jig worked, leaving very clean holes where the drill entered.
Laying out rounded ends for the shelf using my beam compass...
...then cutting it on the bandsaw. As usual for longer workpieces, I have to pull the bandsaw out from the wall to have room for the cut.
Then cleaning up the cuts on my edge belt sander...
... and adding a round-over on my router table
Unfortunately, the boards were not entirely flat, and too warped to try to plane that out on the jointer. My plan was to force them straight when joining them. To help with that, I reinforced the joint with dowels.
I start by carefully measuring along both boards for where the dowels will be.
Then using a marking gauge to fix the lateral position and making a small divot at the correct location. I then deepened those divots with an awl. I'm whacking the back of my awl with a push stick.
Because I'll be forcing the board straight as I glue them, the dowel holes won't line up very well. So I sanded a taper on the dowels with my strip sander
After the glue dried, I cut the dowels nearly flush using a dozuki saw (which is on a piece of paper to keep it just above the workpiece), then flush trimed them with a chisel
I rounded the tops of the dowels using my strip sander. It was tempting to use a 1/4" router bit on my pantorouter to do it like we did for these mitt hooks, but for just eight dowels, it wasn't worth setting it up for this.
The dowels are homemade dowels
Drilling mounting holes in the shelf. I put them right behind the pegs to hide them a bit. But this meant I couldn't use a countersinking bit, so I added a countersink using the tip of a larger longer drill.
I varnished it using three coats of three coats of water borne varnish. An oil based varnish would probably be better for this application, but oil based varnishes take much longer to apply.
Rachel makes hooks
for gloves and toques
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