I'm at the point where I need a coat tree; not a coat rack hanging on the wall, rather a free standing coat tree - which is also called a coat rack, coat stand, and who knows whatever else. Something like this was called a coat tree when I was growing up, and that's what I'm calling it.
And I see where the first photo dropped down to last. That 's OK, I numbered all of them.
When I first got the idea, started googling to get some ideas. Even found some plans.
This site doesn't give a cost. https://www.more.com/lifestyle/styli...your-hat-style
This site says you can make one for under $10. Ana White | A Coat Tree for Under $10 - DIY Projects
This site's plans say make one for $10. https://www.iliketomakestuff.com/ilt...-10-coat-rack/
This site's plans say make one for $30 https://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2013/1...coat-rack.html
And this site's plans say make one for $200. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/...nding-coatrack
None of them appeal to me, besides the fact I would be copying someone else's design.
There are LOT of different designs out there, some really nice, some just ugly, but most pretty much the same. Prices, if you want to buy, also vary wildly; you can start at $13.99 at WallyWorld (photo one), up to $3500 (photo two). A few are just dowels stuck in a bucket, some are dowels set in concrete (photo three). Then there are the ones where someone just cut a branchy tree, lopped the limbs short, painted it, made a stand, and that was it - wouldn't have one in my shop even, let alone my house (photo four and photo five). Or just tape some dowels together (photo six). There were two made from plywood that were different, and a large difference in price between the two, even tho it looks like they are the same pattern (photo seven and photo eight). Did find two that interested me (photo nine and photo ten), but would really rather come up with something of my own. I don't like to copy anyone else's work anyway, and wanted something original, so started thinking. And figured out I can make an original design for under $20, and more likely less. An 8' 4x4 is $12+ at Lowes, that will make two with the shaft, or whatever it is, at 4' each. A 10' 4x4 is $32+, so two 4'ers it is. I've got the feet designs done, they look something like alien feet, they will be plywood, glued on; may change tha slightly, so it looks like boots on them. The hooks, plywood, glued on, a total of eight hooks; have two designs I like, may just decide to use both, rather than just one. The feet/legs will make the whole thing close to five foot tall. If I decide I want it a bit taller, I have an extension for the bottom figured out, glue that on each side, then the legs to that, viola, taller.
OK, got that pretty well figured, but wanted something on top to hang my hat on. Figured at first I would make a layered plywood owl, and designed one, but sorta cartoonish. Then thought about buying an owl decoy instead, but cheapest I could find was about $15. Then I found where I could buy three for about $22. Ah. Then decided no, because the only time I would be able to see an owl would be when I came home, then cover it when I put the hat on it; orr when I went out and took the hat off. Bummer. Then figured I'd just make a cutout of a longhorn steer. That would work but still liked an owl, so figured I'd use a different owl design, sitting on a long branch. So, started googling horned owls. And found out there are all sorts of owls, eagle owls, hawk owls, and more, and more, and more. I collected a load of pictures of owls that I liked, then went thru and discarded I don't know how many. Figured I would have about a half dozen or so pictures left to sort thru. Oh so wrong. I went back and counted them, and I had somewhere between 30 and 40 pictures to go thru again. But finally got a design I like all sketched out. No particular type of owl, in fact probably a non-existent owl. Took an idea from one own, then another, and so on. I think I have a combo of at least four owl species, but I like the results. Then I ran across a Bald Eagle head I had worked on, and had gotten it quite detailed, meant to go on a cane. But decided that might look better than the owl, just need to work up a nice body for it, which means I had to google eagle photos. Got a batch of those, but none are 'quite' the pose I am happy with, so more googling. Which now means I will have to choose between the owl, and the eagle. I'm thinking the winner will go on a branch, but still not ruling out a longhorn skull, if I can find a photo of one I like. Back to google, google is our friend. At least I have an owl design, even tho it will still have to be finalized.
I'll eventually be making two of these, one for me, and one for my older son.