Making coat hooks (again)
For expedience, I figured I'd make them without a lathe this time.
My first try was to cut out a shape on the bandsaw and route a roundover on the edges. But the hook looked inelegant. So I made a template for an improved shape.
I think a lot of people would attach a template and use a router follower bit to get the shape smooth but I prefer to just cut it out carefully and smooth the edges with a belt sander.
I had to use my strip sander for part of the inside edges though.
I cut the peg ends on the pantorouter. I used a round template to make the dowel. The template is slightly conical so I can fine adjust the size by moving the guide bearing further back along the dowel. I reused the template from making these larger joints, but with a smaller follower bearing this time, I could use the same template for 5/8" dowel ends.
It's normally not advisable to cut in this direction, because the router will pull itself along the wood, but my fingers are far from the router, and with the pantorouter the operating lever gives me a lot of mechanical advantage, so I have good control of the router.
Now gluing in the pegs. Because I cut the holes and dowel ends after varnishing, I didn't have to worry about not getting any varnish on those parts. And now, any glue squeezeout ends up on a varnished surface, so it's easy to wipe off.
The pegs protruded out the back a bit, but a router with a straight bit did a super fast job of cutting those off. Much faster than flush cutting with a chisel, and less risk of damaging the surface than even a flush cut saw.
I started by finding the studs, then holding the hooks where I wanted them and marking where I needed to place the screws so they'd go into the studs.
Rachel makes hooks
for gloves and toques
Making a small
Making a toilet roll
holder, with Rachel
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