In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor construct a simple clothes rack that’s not only useful but can also be disassembled for portability.
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General contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor work together to tackle a clothing rack that folks can assemble and disassemble as often as needed, building it from oak and using reusable hardware.
Cost: Around $200 in lumber and hardware
Time: One day
Cut the following items to size using the miter saw and table saw:
4 – 68” 1-1/2 x 3/4” full length of A-frame
2 – 36 1/2” 1-1/2 x 3/4” Frame – Shoe Rack length
5 – 33 3/8” 1-1/2 x 3/4” interior Shoe Rack slats
2 – 18 1/2” 1-1/2 x 3/4” frame – Shoe Rack width
2 – 36 1/2” 1-1/2 x 1 1/2” Pole connecting frame at top
Where to find it?
At the studio, Kevin and Tom build a DIY friendly clothes rack.
To build the clothes rack, Tom will be using 1×4 inch; maple boards. To ensure that the clothes rack is easy to disassemble, Tom will secure the boards with furniture bolts and threaded inserts.The structure of the clothes rack will be 2 A-frames connected by a clothes pole as the top. The bottom will have a built-in slatted shoe rack.
Stack all 4 A-frame legs and tape together. Measure down 9” from the top, and 15” up from the bottom. Using a drill bit, drill straight through each leg at each marked top and bottom measurement.
Use wood glue to secure the slats of the shoe rack and hammer them into place.
To round out the clothes pole, Tom uses a router and a ½” ¼” radius roundover bit. Then, he sands the pole down with an orbital sander.
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