OBG Project – Shoe & Hat Rack
Ah yes, time for another Oldie-But-Goodie project. And pretty much self-explanatory! Back in 2013, my wife asked me for a shoe rack, and I thought adding a few hat stands would be a nice touch.
The parts and build are straightforward. With the exception of one component, everything was sourced at Lowes (Home Depot did not have the right sized pipe flanges).
3/8 Galvanized Floor Flange – Lowes (These seem more expensive than they should be… and you need 16 for the full shebang… Sorry.)
3/8 Galvanized Pipe, 12″ Long – Lowes (Can’t find online, but they’re there… They have to be, right?! Grab 8.)
3/4″ Plywood, 4′ x 1′ – Lowes (If memory serves, buy two of these in 4′ x 2′ sheets and get them cut in half on site. Comes in oak, birch, pine, etc. Pick your favorite.)
Screws – Lowes (I think I used #10 x 3/4″ Flat Head Phillips Wood screws, but in general, be informed that wood screws are the worst)
Bumpers / Feet – Lowes (Whatever suits your fancy. You’re not going to see them anyway)
Spray Paint – Lowes (I used hammered black. I really like the way it looks.)
Wood Stain – Lowes (Choose based on your preference.)
Polyurethane – Lowes
11/16″ ID Set Screw Shaft Collar – McMaster 9414T14 (8 are needed)
11/16″ Hole-Cutting Drill Bit
5/32″ Hex (for shaft collars)
Assuming you’ve gotten the 4′ x 2′ plywood cut in half to 4′ x 1′, you’re already well on your way. Use a compass to map out the circles for your hat stands, and cut them out with the jigsaw.
If you have a better way of cutting circles, by all means.
Drill four 11/16″ holes into one of the boards (I centered each one of them 2 1/4″ from the edges). Sand, stain, and treat with polyurethane to your desired finish.
I don’t need to explain this, right? You got this.
Stage Build & Assemble
When assembling, make sure you’ve got your center board and collars already on the pipe between the flanges. It may be a bit tricky to maneuver, but you’re not getting them on if you’ve screwed everything else together beforehand.
Speaking of screwing everything together, pre-drill your holes (I centered the pipes 2 1/4″ from the edges), because as I mentioned in their introduction, wood screws are the worst.
Once your flanged pipes are secured to the top and bottom boards, use a level to sort out the center.
Done and done.
*Side note: Having a kid is A TON of work. Been wanting to post more regularly, but between running behind her as she discovers all the dangerous items in the house & removing all the discovered dangerous items in the house, I haven’t had loads of free time.
That being said, I’ve got a few new projects coming up on the horizon, and will get to sharing them as soon as I can.
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