With much of the work done by hand, a seemingly simple coat rack can take a number of days to complete. First, reclaimed wood with an unsuitabe finished is painstakingly stripped back to bare wood. Then the basic plinth is cut to size, a process that may include ripping down the length of the wood and-or planing to the correct thickness. The shape of the plinth is cut with a hand-held jigsaw, whilst edges - bevel, cove, ovolo, round-over, for example - are produced with a hand-held router.
Taking care not to spoil the ‘natural’ aesthetic look of the rack, plinths may be branded on the front, back or edge with the unique Hooked on Hooks’ branding iron.
Fixing holes for attaching the coat rack to the wall are drilled and the position for each hook marked out. Pilot holes are drilled and in the case of a hard wood, such as oak or beech, the holes are pre-tapped with steel screws to prevent the final screw heads from shearing off. The wood’s new finish is then applied – differing shades of Briwax beeswax, Fiddes & Sons polish, Filbert polish,, or certian hard wax oils, etc. Finally the hooks are carefully mounted.