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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-20-2017, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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This is definitely not a top priority project, but am designing a coat tree. Yeah, there are plans out there for them, but no fun in that; anyway, don't like any of the designs anyway, and cost would be not horrible, but still more than I want to spend. Originally had thought about putting a duck decoy on the top. But then decided an owl would be more better, so started looking. And found a set of four owls on evilBay, for about $3. Similar picture of owls below. I knew they weren't huge, but looked closely at the photo of them, and no matter how many times I looked, the scale of the objects in the photo made them look 3-4 inches tall. I could work with that. Got the owls the other day. They are 1" tall. LOL Ah well, I have another future project they would work with, that or just give them to the grand-daughter; which is more likely. I could get a set of 2 very nice owls, about a foot tall each, for about $23, plus shipping. Looked around more, and found a set of 3 owls, about 10" tall each, for about $20 - I think I'll go with them. A coat rack & owl for me, one for my older son, and don't know if I'll make another, or just have a spare owl.

For the pegs, briefely considered store bought, but seeing as I want 3 on a side, that gets to be a bit pricey rapidly. Briefly thought railroad spikes, but then woke up. Next on the list was 8" or so spikes. I liked this thought, inexpensive, different, but then I'd have to drill 12 holes at a precise angle, so passed on that. But then recalled some hooks I had made out of wood, and hung on the inside of my shop doors, for holding coiled electrical cords. A bit of tweaking and that would work fine, especially since I can make use of some left over plywood. Pretty much got that design worked out not, and found out that with just some minor mods, and a bit of sketching, they will make elephant coat hooks. A lot of my designs get their start exactly that way, sketch up a design, see it can easily be changed to something else, and viola, a unique design is born.

Then there are the legs. Looked at a lot of coat trees on-line for ideas on what to do with the legs. Zip. Didn't like any of the designs. So, back to the pencil and paper. And came up with a design that appealed, sort of like a cartoon character's foot, but different. Got that about done to my liking, but still working out the leg part.

Next step, 4 legs, or 3? Using 4 legs would be utterly simple, and quick. But, 4 legs could be a bear to get even enough to prevent rocking. I did a project once with 4 legs and they were so bad I had to use shims under 3 of the legs to keep it from rocking. With 3 legs, no problem with leveling, but how to fasten on a square piece of wood? Thought about that a lot, but K.I.S.S. works yet again. Drill a square hole thru a round piece of wood, mark where the 3 legs will fasten on, glue the round piece of wood over the square piece of wood, then the 3 legs on to the round piece. Viola, a non-rocking coat tree. Simple, eh? Now just need to shop for a square drill.

Well, the hold won't actually be drilled. Probably a few of you already realized that. I could drill a hold in a round piece, then cut a square out with a sabre saw. But not going to do that. Instead, I'll make a master of 1/4th of a circle, rout out 4 piece, glue them together, which will make a round piece of stock, with a square hole in the center, that will just fit my 4X4. I will do this for proabably 3, or more layers, of 1/2" plyood, overlapping the pieces for mor strength. Yes, it'll work just fine, I've done this type of thing before. Before that gets glue to the 4X4, I wil mark where the 3 legs will go, and glue them in place. Easey Peasey.

Then just stand it up, glue the hooks in place (they will be routed out too), glue an owl on top, and it will be finished, except for whatever finish I decide to put on it, if any. Thinking of thinned acrylic latex paint tho, that will show the grain, and hold up very well. I'll see, may just go with thinned Titebond II for a finish, that gives a nice amberish finish.

Oh yes, the post will be a 4X4, costing around $12, and will make 2 coat trees. Including the owls, I can make the 2 coat trees for around $14 each, which is not too bad. Sure beats buying one, of someone else's design.
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This could be interesting. Looking forward to your post on the completed project.
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This could be interesting. Looking forward to your post on the completed project.
lMAO. I'm thinking you'll have a good wait. Got a ton of non-woodworking priority items to get done, before I can even think of getting back in the shop. Then when I do, this coat tree is not top of the list. But once I do, I think this will be a good stress reliever project, so it may move up the priority list. In the meantime I'll finalize the design, get my 4X4, and likely taller owls. I figure I can get it all cut and routed in a day, then a day for glue up, and ready to use the day after. There will be pictures tho.
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Right ! I'm too busy sitting and thinking to work.
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