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Wardrobe Upcycling

The hall is your home’s calling card, yet it is often treated very much like a poor relation. Give your lobby a facelift and treat it to an unusual coat rack design with upside-down coat hangers. You can make this wooden coat rack yourself in a few steps using the right tools, and it is sure to be an eye catcher in any hall.

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Step 1

Start by making a pattern. You trace the outlines of a coat hanger on paper and mark the line where half of the hanger is to be sawn off. Using your paper pattern you can now transfer the sawing line to your five coat hangers.

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Step 2

With the practical Dremel DSM20 compact saw and the multipurpose carbide cutting wheel the coat hangers are easily cut to the right length.

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Step 3

To hold the hangers you need a length of wood - a fence plank, for instance - that is 10 cm wide and 2 cm thick. Cut it to a length of 50 cm. Here too the Dremel DSM20 compact saw demonstrates how powerful and precise it is. You can then send the edges of the cut wood.

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Step 4

Now mark on the board where you are going to drill the holes to fix the coat hangers to it. Centred from the edge, make two hole marks each at 5 cm + 10 cm + 10 cm +10 cm + 10 cm. You can drill the holes cleanly and exactly with the handy Dremel 8100's 4-mm wood drill bits 636.

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Step 5

Now for the fancy work. Between the holes transfer the floral patterns from your template, using pencil and tracing paper. Or create your own designs - entirely to your own taste.

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Step 6

Trace the floral design carefully, using the Dremel 8100 and an engraving cutter 106. The detailer's grip attachment ensures that you cut precisely. Finish the board with a coat of, for example, hard oil. Screw the shortened coat hangers through the holes into the board and the eye catcher for your hall is complete.

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Step 7

Dremel creative tip: Fancy a little colour? Then give your creativity a free rein and add a dash of colour using wood paint and varnish. For an even more personal note experiment with the design. Why not engrave the initials of family members or icons such as a hat, coat or umbrella?

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Other supplies

Paper, pencil, ruler


5 wooden coat hangers

Board (50 cm x 10 cm x 2 cm)

Tracing paper

Hard oil, wax, paint or varnish

10-40 mm woodscrews