Map/DIY/Log & Antler Clothes Rack
As I pointed out earlier, the log base can be mitered to fit a wall angle or run mounted on a flat wall. I rounded off the (inside) corner of my rack to accommodate the inside corner of my rounded plaster wall. I then mitered the ends of the rack to a 45 degree angle, but a 90 degree cut works equally as well. The picture at right shows an antler mounted on the rack and the end cut of my log.
Mounting on the wall: I decided where I wanted my mounting holes and drilled two 1/2" holes (approximately 1/2" deep) in the center of each log. Then I drilled a 5/16" hole through the back of the base (to accommodate the mounting screws). For cosmetic purposes, the screw holes were covered with hole button covers after it was mounted on the wall. (You can buy an assortment of button covers at most hardware stores or online, click here to learn more).
To mount my coat rack to the wall, I market the wall and installed plaster "screw in" anchors and used 2" wood screws (depending on the size and length of your coat rack you may need additional mounting holes).
Finishing: As with any furniture project, many stains and top coats can be used. This picture shows the finished product with a natural sealer/stain and two coats of clear Varathane.
To mount the coat rack and make certain it will support heavy snow laden jacketss, heavy-duty wall anchors were used. As a substitute, you can use a "keyhole fastener" to hang the rack on the wall instead of mounting it to the wall. (Order online)
Most of our projects can be crafted using everyday hand and power tools. However, some jobs require specialized tools, fasteners, bonding agents or wood finishes. I have included links to companies that provide these specialty items.
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