Handmade Coat Racks


Thomas Edison once remarked that genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration, but the adage might well be applied to woodworking. Of all the furniture items to grace our homes, the coat rack would appear to be the simplest and most straightforward, and in many ways it is. But when you make anything by hand in wood, even something as simple as a coat rack can take several days to complete - longer still when the drying times of oils are factored in.

Hooked on Hooks' racks are made from both 'fresh sawn' timber - air or kiln dried - and reclaimed woods. With recalimed wood, often the first stage is removal of any unsuitable finish, such as stain. With fresh timber, it may be necessary to reduce a three-inch thick section down to size before cutting out the required plinth shape. Fancy plinth shapes may be cut with a hand-held jigsaw and then painstakingly finished by hand. Edges of plinths - bevel, cove, ovolo, round-over, for example - are produced with a hand-held router. 

I like to add the Hooked on Hooks' brand to my racks, but not if is spoils the aesthetic look of the piece or a customer prefers no brand.

Finishes can often be matched with existing wood colours, if desired, although occasionally this proves to be too difficult. Most racks are finished with differing shades of Briwax beeswax, Fiddes & Sons polishes, Filbert polish, or certian hard wax oils. Farrow & Ball paint colours are also possible. With any bespoke order, all possibilities can be discussed.