As Father’s Day is upon us, we at Harbor Freight thought we’d share this DIY project idea that we stumbled across recently: a relatively low-cost, low-time-consuming enterprise, creating a snazzy coat rack out of hammer heads. It occurred to us that this would make the ideal gift for that someone who likes to spend copious amounts of time in their garage, shop, cabin, studio or ice fishing shanty. While the claw hammer seems to be the predominantly popular hardware, you can use a number of different types of heads and styles. What we’re offering here is a suggested “how-to” “carpenter-style” rack that we liked. If you’re comfortable enough with your tools, by all means, have at any deviation you’d like to take:
- 1x12x6 piece of red oak
- Five Wood-Handled Claw Hammers (we have other wood-handled hammers, too– like how ’bout fancy brass?)
- Two Rafter (Speed) Squares
- Miniwax Polycrylic (Clear Satin)
- Power Drill
- Table Saw (ideal – but a jigsaw, circular saw or hand saw can still get the straight lines you want)
- 1/2 inch Roundover Router Bit
- Eight black #8 x 1″ roundhead wood screws
- Five black 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ tap con screws
- Eight #6 x 1/2″ round head wood screws
- Tape Measure
Cutting the Wood
- Cut the red oak rack boards 9 in. wide x 3 ft. long
- Using your 1/2″ roundover router bit, bevel the edges
- Measure 3/8″ from the top of the board and draw a straight line across
- Drill eight 1/8″ holes equal distant from each other across the board and, using the #8 wood screws, assemble the rack
Sizing Up the Hammer Heads
- Get a feel for the right height, length and angle you want your claw hammer. Do you want it straight, or at a slight angle? Do you want 2″, 3″ or 4″ of handle? Here’s one at a long, heavy angle:
- Mark and cut one hammer handle.
- Hold the hammer head to the board and make sure it’s the angle and height you want. When you know, cut the other four hammer handles exactly the same way.
Mounting the Hammer Heads
- Pre-drill holes in the base of the handle stub with a 7/32″ drill bit
- Pre-drill holes on the board with a 1/4″ bit
- Mount the hammer heads on the board with the 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ tap con screws
Mounting the Rafter Squares
- Mark and drill four 3/16″ holes in each square, two holes on either end
- Mount the squares to the either end of the board (as shown)
- The Miniwax Water-Based Polycrylic is a good coating because it can go over bare wood as well as water, and oil-based, stains. It dries quickly, doesn’t have an odor and leaves a durable shell against scuffing, etc.
- If you prefer, you could sand the hammer handles and boards and stain it with a richer color before adding the Miniwax.
Happy Father’s Day!
Once the coating is dry, your coat rack is ready to mount– or wrap for Father’s Day! If you want to scan other methods and ideas, we’ve linked each of the above photos to their respective sources. After all, there’s more than one way to skin a hammer. Meanwhile, keep in mind that Harbor Freight Tools has whatever tools you’re missing at low prices, making this project even easier!