Father’s Day Gift Project

With Father’s Day quickly approaching, you may be struggling to find the right gift, one that says, “Dad, I love you and I’m sorry you had to spend your work bonuses on my orthodonture.” Or some message to that effect … Instead of shopping for the right gift though, you may want to consider making it with all those great tool skills Dad taught you.

Here’s a great Father’s Day gift that Dad is sure to love—and you’ll love making it—the Carpenter Themed Father’s Day Coat Rack!* Most of the tools and materials you’ll need are available through your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Materials needed:

·        1 in. x 12 in. x 6 ft. piece of wood (red oak pictured)
·        Five claw hammers
·        Two angle squares
·        Five 1 1/2 inch long by 1/4 inch tap con screws
·        Seven wood or specialty screws (see pic below)
·        Eight #6 screws
·        Additional screws or fasteners depending on type of wall to which attached


Step 1

Using a measuring tape, set your table saw and cut the board into two pieces lengthwise—9 in. wide and 3 in. wide respectively.


Step 2

Bevel the edges using a router and 1/2 inch round over router bit.


Step 3

Measure in 3/8 in. on the top board and draw a line down the edge for the screws.


Steps 4 & 5

seven 1/8 in. holes and install the black specialty screws (or wood screws) to assemble the rack.


Step 6

Determine the right height and angle for the claw hammers.


Step 7

Mark and cut the hammer handle.


Steps 8 & 9

Pre-fit the hammer head to the board and make sure it’s the angle and height you desire then cut the other four hammer handles.


Step 10

Pre-drill the hammer heads with a 7/32 in. drill bit.


Step 11

Pre-drill the board with a 1/4 inch drill bit.


Step 12

Use 1-1/2 in. long by 1/4 in. tap con screws to assemble the hammer heads to the board.


Steps 13 & 14

Mark and drill four 3/16 in. holes in each angle square and attach to the board with #6 screws.


Step 15

a water-based coating to protect the finish.


Step 16

Mount the coat rack using appropriate fasteners based on the composition of the wall (wood, brick, drywall, etc.) and enjoy!


For more quality tools at ridiculously low prices or other great gift ideas for Dad, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store—and discover the value over 40 million customers enjoy!



*Pictures and instructions provided by instructables.com

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