I made this thing

wideI made a sweet coat rack this week. Got the lumber at Build It Green in Queens. It’s reclaimed timber, two by nine inches, and about 30 inches long. I got the hooks at the same place too. They are vintage of some description, and look Western. My imagination says their siblings are holding up 10-gallon hats in juke-joints and dives all over cowboy country. But they could be, you know, ordinary hooks they sell anywhere. I choose to believe these are 100% appropriate to cattle ranchers in Colorado. toggle

To make sure this thing NEVER comes off the wall, I used these toggle bolt anchors that my buddy Jack just told me about. They go straight into the drywall and will hold up to 238 lbs of weight. So have no fear, obese house guests. This sucker will hold your tent-like garments WITH REDUNDANCY.


I used big half-inch washers to allow my ordinary, 2” screws to ‘bite’ the weird, ovary-ish shape of the hooks. I was worried it would look stupid, but I think it looks authentic and slick. On a side note, I have been planning to put this thing up for TWO YEARS. That’s the kind of man I am: a terrible one.