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Scrap Wood DIY - Entry Coat Rack

It's time for another DIY-Challenge and I love this one because it's all about creating something new out of stuff you already have... Kind of a free project using scrap wood.

Oh, the more we build the more scrap pieces of wood we accumulate, it's like we don't want to get rid of any single piece of wood just in case we can use it later on! 🙄

Well, today we're celebrating that type of wood hoarding with nine wonderful scrap wood projects my friends and yours truly have created. At the end of this post, you can find the links to all of them.

As for me, this is one of the piles or bags of scrap wood I wanted to get rid of:
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My project: An entryway coat rack

The materials you'll need:

  • 150 - 2 x 2's @ 1/2"
  • 2 - 1 x 3 @ 29.5"  (shelf and top rail)
  • 1 - 1 x 5 @ 29.5" (lower rail)
  • 2 - 1 x 3 @ 11.5"  (stiles)
  • 1 - 11.5" x 24.5" - 1/8" backer board
  • 1 - 11-3/4" x 25-3/4" - 1/4" plywood
  • 4 - Hooks
  • 2 - D - Ring hangers
  • Wood glue
  • 1-1/4" Pocket hole screws
  • 3/4" brad nails

SawDrill - Kreg Jig - Sander - Brad Nailer - Circular Saw - Router - Clamps -
Plans will be uploaded soon.


Cut your material.
Set a stopper on your miter saw to make all those 150 - 1/2" cuts out of the 2 x 2's
|  DeWalt Miter Saw  |
It looks like it takes a whole lot of time, but once you set that stopper, all that cutting goes fast.
The sanding of all those little pieces might be the part I enjoyed the least.
I set all the sanded squares atop a 1/8" backer board and using my Makita 23-gauge pin nailer, set all those pieces in place.
Once, they're all nailed down to the backer board, it got trimmed using a circular saw and a straight edge.
|  Makita Pin Nailer  |  Ryobi Circular Saw  |
It's now time to assemble the entire frame.
But first, drill 3/4" pocket holes on the ends of the smaller 1 x 3's and all along one side of the shelf board.
Then, mark the location on the rails where the rabbets should start and finish.
Using a router with a rabbet bit and set at 1/4" depth, cut all along one side of the rails and the inside marks on the stiles.
The rabbets will keep that final piece of plywood flush with the back part of the frame.
|  Ryobi Trim Router  |
Before assembling all the pieces, give them a good sanding to smooth out all those sharp corners.
Use wood glue and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.
|  DeWalt Sander  |   DeWalt Atomic Drill combo  |
The triangle shelf supports were set in place with 1" brad nails.

I used another 1/8" backer board to support the entire centerpiece, it got stapled all around the edges and on certain areas in the center.
However, I would recommend 1/4" plywood for that final board, a little stiffer than the 1/8" material.
The next step is to drill the holes for the hooks and finish your piece the way you want it. I decided to paint the entire frame white.
And then, I played with some designs on the center tiles... The first one was too busy, in the middle one the rhombus was too small, the right one looked OK and that's the one I chose.
Using a 1" sponge and the same semi-gloss white paint on the frame, I stamped circles on those designated spaces.
I used round knobs as hooks.
I like that they're made out of wood. They look way too yellow in this next picture.

I brought it to the foyer where I'd been planning on removing that mirror for the longest time. 😬
Ha, it's done! And I love its new look.
An organizing spot that doubles as wall art.
I love the basket wave design and the square pieces of wood formed...
And all the texture that warms up this little space.

Well, it's kind of amazing seeing the possibilities that can come out of a whole bunch of scrap pieces of wood. You never know! And that's why you should check all these great ideas my friends have created out of scrap pieces of wood:

For more scrap wooden projects check these out:

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  1. What a great way to use scrap wood! Looks like it came from a nice home store. We are always saving leftover materials to use in another project. What a creative project!

  2. Love this Cristina! It's so neat, and I never think to use the end grain, but it is beautiful!

  3. Great minds think alike! Love the end grain cuts and the painted pattern. What a great way to use scraps and I love the swap out of the mirror.

  4. Great project Cristina! End grain is having a moment, and I'm pretty into the look!

  5. What a great project, thanks for sharing. Pinned

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