How to Build a Coat Rack for Kids How to Build a Coat Rack for Kids

What You'll Need
1/2-inch doweling
3/4-inch solid wood
Power drill
1/2-inch drill bit
Router bit
1/2-inch wood screws
Sawtooth hangers
Wall anchors and screws
Acrylic paint and brushes
PVA wood glue
Work bench

Building a coat rack for kids is a straightforward project for the beginner carpenter. With a touch of creativity in its design, your children won't fuss over any lack of technical expertise. Instead, they'll simply enjoy the woodwork for what it is. A few specialty tools are required, but as with most woodworking tools, you'll get years of use out of them, so they are a good investment. The most important aspect of this job besides taking accurate measurements is being creative. After all, the coat rack is for kids, so it should feature a charming design that inspires their imagination.

Step 1: Sketch Out a Design

On a solid piece of 3/4-inch wood, sketch out an overall shape with a pencil. The coat rack need not be too big, but it should provide hangers for 3 or 4 coats or hats. Be creative with the design. Maybe your child is a sports fan and would like a football or baseball-shaped coat rack, or perhaps an animal shape. Whatever you choose, sketch out the pattern to your liking before you cut out the shape.

Step 2: Cut Out the Shape

With your jigsaw, cut out the shape of the coat rack using the sketch line as a guide. Cut slowly to achieve the smoothest line. If there are any sharp angles in the design, saw up to the vortex from one side, and then go at it from the other side to get the cleanest cut.

Step 3: Edge the Wood

Clamp the wood to the bench to secure it. With the handheld router, you will finish the visible edge of the wood. There are many different router bits, from corner bits that create a simple rounded edge to cove bits and others that make a variety of decorative edges. The choice is yours.

Step 4: Set the Pegs

Cut down the 1/2-inch doweling into 4-inch lengths. Use the power drill with the 1/2-inch drill bit attached to drill holes into the board for each of the pegs. It's okay to drill through the board. Before you glue in the pegs, sand down the edges of the doweling that will be visible once in place. Affix the pegs using the wood glue. Make sure that the pegs don't protrude out the back. They should be flush with the backside. Wipe away any excess glue and let the pegs harden into place.

Step 5: Decorate the Rack

Now it's time to decorate the coat rack. Whether you choose to paint it with acrylics or stain it, sand around the edges to clear away any rough spots. Wipe off all dust before finishing. This is your chance to be creative. You can even enlist the help of your kids to decorate the rack to their liking.

Step 6: Mount the Hanger

Determine where you will place 2 sawtooth hangers on the backside. They should be spaced proportionately to the rack's size and along a level line in order to properly hang on a wall. Drill 2 small pilot holes for each hanger, and mount them to the back of the coat with 1/2-inch wood screws. Now you're ready to insert the wall anchor (if hanging on drywall) and screws to hang the coat rack. 

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