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Hall Monitor

Who would guess that some basic hardware, wooden doweling and copper pipe could transform into a contemporary, designer coat rack for your front foyer?


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Here's How

  • Taper bottom of 8’ dowels to 5/8” diameter on a belt sander.
  • Using the pipe cutter, cut the copper pipe into 3 pieces 10” long and 3 pieces 7” long. Remove the burr from one end of each piece.
Copper collar
  • Cut and glue pine to make a 6” x 6” x 3” square. Important for safety: securely screw the square to a larger thick piece of plywood and clamp to a drill press.
  • Mark the centre of the square and use a 5” hole saw to remove the outer part of the collar. Next, drill a 3” hole with the hole saw for the centre of the collar. Remove the collar from the plywood and sand smooth.
  • Drill a 1/16” hole, 1/2” deep and 3/8” from the edge of the collar. Put one end of the wire in the hole and make a sharp 90° bend. Wrap the wire around the collar keeping the laps straight and tight. After several laps, wear protective gloves to apply enough solder to join 2 strands of wire on the side where you started. Continue wrapping and soldering until the collar is covered. Finish with drilling a hole to insert the wire end into the collar. (Note: keep all the solder marks in a vertical line, turned to the back out of view.)
  • Put dowels through the copper collar and distribute the legs to determine the height you would like the rack. Mark dowels and cut to length. Height shown is 7’.
  • Install the copper pipe. It may require additional reaming to get them in place. If any of the copper pipes are loose, slip a shim in the bottom of the pipe.
  • Sand legs with 400 grit sandpaper and apply finishing oil.
  • Put the 3 dowels together and put 5 to 6 wraps of electrical tape at the desired height of the ring. Hold the ring over the tape and spread the legs to lock in place.
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