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Build a Rustic Clothes Rack

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Rustic Clothes Hanger Workshop
Gather some branches, make a simple frame and create this handy clothes rack.
Safety First: Ask an adult to help with tools you haven’t used before.
Respect private property:Β Make sure you get permission from land owners before going onto private property. If you don’t have access to wooded property, tree trimming crews can be a good resource for materials.

What you’ll need:

  • About 8 branches from just about any kind of tree. Stay away from conifers like spruce and pine β€” unless you want sticky sap covering everything you own! The number of branches depends on how spaced apart they are. Please use pruned branches or branches that you can gather from the ground. You can use a mix of branches with bark and branches without. Pick branches with no rot.
  • Pocketknife and an old rag
  • Measuring tape
  • 1″ x 8″ x 32″ board (The actual size of a 1″ x 8″ board is 3⁄4″ x 7 1⁄2″)
  • Two 1″ x 6″ x 32″ boards (The actual size of a 1″ x 6″ board is 3⁄4″ x 5 1⁄2″)
  • Two 1″ x 6″ x 6″ boards
  • Sandpaper
  • Crosscut saw, for cutting the boards and branches
  • About 50 1 1⁄2″ wood screws
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, to drill pilot holes for the screws
  • Countersink bit, to sink the wood screw heads below the surface of the wood
  • Wood finish, like stain, paint or water-based polyurethane.
  • Two large D-ring hangers (They usually come with screws)
  • Two 2 1⁄2″ wood screws, to screw into wall studs

What you’ll do:

1. Measure and cut the boards to size.

Rustic Clothes Hanger Workshop


2. Sand and screw the frame together. All the screws for this project should be predrilled and countersunk to keep the wood from splitting. Apply your chosen wood finish to the frame.

Rustic Clothes Hanger Workshop

3. Drill the 2 1⁄2″ screws into wall studs. They should be level and stick out enough for the D-ring hangers to hang onto. Line up the D-ring hangers with the wall screws and screw them onto the back of the frame. Hang up the frame to make sure you have the wall screws and D-ring hangers lined up. If they line up and the frame hangs level, take the frame down from the wall.

Rustic Clothes Hanger Workshop


4. Cut the branches to size. Try making the ends flat and parallel. Take your time. Use your pocketknife to shave off small bumps from the branches. Use the rag to wipe away any loose bark.

Rustic Clothes Hanger Workshop

5. Put the branches in place one at a time. Screw each branch tightly to the top with one screw each. Do the same on the bottom.

Rustic Clothes Hanger Workshop

6. Once all your branches are screwed into place, hang the clothes rack on the wall, and your project is complete.

Rustic Clothes Hanger Workshop

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7 Comments on Build a Rustic Clothes Rack

  1. I think that the reason for the depth is to allow hats to be stored on top & maybe gloves between the branches.

  2. Baseball swag28 // January 16, 2016 at 9:53 pm // Reply

    Great idea. Made a cool gift

  3. I think the depth of the box should be cut down a few inches.

  4. basketballjock // February 7, 2015 at 11:44 am // Reply

    that is really cool

  5. soooo cool !!

  6. That’s really cool and it’s perfect for a Christmas gift.

  7. this is so cool that you can do that

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