How to Build a Coat Rack With Pegs


Coat racks are an often-overlooked part of everyday life. They grace the entranceways of homes, helping you slough away the cares of the day when you come home and hang up your coat, hat, bag or scarf. If your home is without a coat rack, it's high time you did something about it. There are many styles of coat racks; the simplest and most time-honored is a wall-mounted board with angled wooden pegs.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 wooden plank, 1-by-4-by-32 inches
  • Measuring tape
  • 1 piece scrap lumber, 1-inch thick
  • Drill
  • 4 pieces ½-inch-diameter dowel, 3 inches long
  • Carpenter's glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Varnish or paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Stud finder
  • Level
  • 6 screws, 3-inch
  • Measure and mark every 4 inches along a 32-inch-long plank of 1-by-4 inch lumber. This plank will serve as the base of the coat rack.

  • Drill a hole in a piece of scrap 1-inch-thick lumber, using a ½-inch drill bit. Make the hole at a 45-degree angle, rather than straight. This will be the drill jig for making the angled peg holes of the coat rack.

  • Place the drill jig over the first mark on the coat rack and drill a hole right through, using the jig to guide the drill so that an angled hole is made. Repeat on the rest of the marks on the coat rack.

  • Cover the end of four pieces of ½-inch-diameter, 3-inch-long dowel in carpenter's glue. Insert each of the glue-covered ends of the dowels into a peg hole until it reaches the back of the coat rack, but doesn't protrude past the back, so the rack will sit flat. Leave for an hour to dry.

  • Sand the coat rack, rounding the edges and the ends of the dowel pegs. Varnish or paint the rack as desired, and leave to dry for the amount of time stipulated by the finish manufacturer.

  • Locate three wall studs with a stud finder in the position where you want the coat rack to go. Draw a level line between the wall studs; it should be 32 inches long, as wall studs are positioned 16 inches apart in standard construction methods.

  • Place the coat rack over the level line and drill two pilot holes, smaller than the diameter of the 3-inch screws, into each wall stud point. Secure the coat rack to the wall by driving 3-inch screws through the pilot holes with your drill and a screwdriver bit.

Tips & Warnings

  • If pegs are a challenge, use brass coat hooks instead.

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