My wife has always had these clunky coat hangers that were probably in fashion 20 years ago. They are made from scots pine (Pinus sylvestrus), and every once in a while the screw-in hook on this style comes out and needs to be glued back in.
I had one in my shop, thinking that it might be a nice exercise to do some kind of double sliding dovetail patch.
Needless to say, this hasn't ever gotten done because there always is something more important than that to spend a few hours fiddling with this patch.
Today I decided just to make a new one. I am not talented with a bowsaw, so even with all the clean up involved there, this took about 30 minutes from marking out to applying finish.
|The top one is the original, the bottom is my copy.|
I just traced the pattern from the original onto my roughstock, sawed it out with my bowsaw, and cleaned it up with some spokeshaves, rasps, and a little bit of 180 grit sandpaper.
I finished it with some leftover tung oil I had mixed up with turpentine on a previous project.
I know that you can buy these screw-in hangers from some woodworking supply places, and can recommend them for a quick and dirty project.
Time will tell if this wood holds up any better than the pine did.
I think my next hangers will be copies of these hangers I found in a Bavarian open air museum. I think these would be a fantastic short exercise, too!
|Bavarian farm hangers|
Meanwhile, after I got this hanger made, I got to work on my proper project:
|Getting back to work on an old project.|