coat rack woodworking plans
Start by cutting enough 3/4″-thick pine to width for the three main parts: the top, the back and the support bracket. After that, it’s time for your little one to take over. Help position the pine in a mitre box and have them cut the pieces to length using a handsaw.
Next, draw the support bracket pattern onto the smallest piece of wood you cut earlier. Clamp it in a vice, then have your budding woodworker cut the curve using a coping saw. They should give the pencil line some breathing space. When they’ve made the cut, hand them some 150-grit sandpaper so they can clean up the curve. Before joining all of the pieces together, use a 1/2″-dia. bit chucked in a drillpress to make 1/2″-deep holes in the back piece for the Shaker pegs.
To assemble the shelf, use a #8 pilot hole/counterbore bit at each screw location. Have your kid attach the top to the back with a single screw and glue. Attach the bracket with two more screws and glue, then remove sharp edges with 150-grit sandpaper. Glue the pegs into their holes.
For a simple finish, apply a couple of coats of stain and polyurethane. I used Minwax PolyShades, which provides colour and protection in one step. When dry, attach the shelf to a wall, making sure at least one of the screws sinks into some solid wood behind the drywall. Now your child has a place to hang up their workshop apron until the next project.
|Part||Material||Size (T x W x L*)||Qty.|
|Top||pine||3/4″ x 4 1/2″ x 12″||1|
|Back||pine||3/4″ x 4 1/2″ x 10″||1|
|Support bracket||pine||3/4″ x 3 1/2″ x 4 1/4″||1|
|Shaker pegs||hardwood||3″ long||2|