I know what you’re thinking…what’s with all the Lego stuff? Hey, Legos are hot right now. Plus, in between making other projects, I whipped this up and decided to post it. It is a simple project that you can do in an afternoon and the kids will dig it.
All you need for materials is a 1″x6″ board, a 3/4″ dowel, and coat hooks. You’ll also want to use a tape measure, square, and pencil to mark parts on your board.
First I needed to determine how long I wanted the rack to be. Since my board was already cut to 48 inches, I decided that my coat rack would be 48 inches. If I needed to cut the board down, a simple miter saw would’ve done the trick. But no cutting necessary this time, so onto the dowel!
This was a little tricky because the dowel needed to be cut into half inch pieces. But if you try to free hand it on the miter saw, your pieces come out wavy and wrong. So, a cool little clamp we made at American Workshop is this:
We have a track that runs along our miter saw that this bad boy clamps on to. All you need to find a board that will act as a stopper, measure out half inch, and tighten the clamp down.
Once you do that, all your dowel cuts should stay consistent. These dowel cuts will be the actually Lego pegs so depending on how many pegs you want will determine how many cuts you need to make. I ended up cutting 20 dowel pieces because I made 4 Lego sections on my coat rack.
I little light sanding to take the ripped edges off and the peg pieces were done.
Next, I wanted to find the center of the board so I could lay out my peg pieces. Since I had a 1″x6″ board, the center point was going to be at 2 3/4″ because the board is technically on 5 1/2″ wide. Does anyone know why it’s always a half inch short? Seriously, I have no clue. Does it shrink in the kiln? Do mythological creatures steal a half inch at night?
Anyways, I marked the center point and then used my square to draw a straight line down the board.
Then I wanted to measure in a half inch on each side so that I had a guide as to where to put the top and bottom pegs. I used the square again to run lines all the way down the board.
I figure since I’m going to paint the wood, I can have lines on there cause the paint will cover them up. That’s when I found out that my wife wanted me to stain the wood. Now the pencil lines would be seen.
That was a problem.
A quick sanding got rid of the pencil lines but now I was going to have to lay all the pegs out somewhat blindly. Ok, not a huge deal…you can kind of eyeball it. But in the mean time, I decided to put the stain on.
I used three different stains so that the Lego pieces would be different. I am not a finishing expert by any means and had never used two, let alone three, different types of stains before on the same board. So I measured out the different Lego pieces and taped them off very carefully. I wanted to make sure my lines were crisp and straight. Did you know that stain doesn’t care about painters tape?
The stain bled like a character in a Quentin Tarantino movie. Hey you learn something new everyday!
I knew re-staining the board wasn’t going to work and I didn’t want to just make it all one color, so I had to come up with another solution. I decided to find a thin scrap piece and chop it into sections that could cover the bleed areas. I cut the pieces and stained them the colors and then glued them to my board.
I wanted to put the pegs on next and since I didn’t have my line anymore I had to eyeball everything and use smaller marks. I put the pegs on the board where I thought they should be and then measured everything out so they were at least somewhat consistent. After I had them laid out, I made a mark on the board so I had a little guide. I then put a drop of glue on the back side and glued them on.
Once I had the peg pieces in place, I realized I had to make a trim around the top and bottom of the coat rack because I had put stain on there. So again I found a scrap piece of wood, cut it to size, and stained it. Once it dried, I used an air nailer to attach it to the board. All that was left was putting the hooks on and the Lego coat rack was complete.
If you want to make your own rack but don’t have the tools, space, or scrap wood laying around, come in and use OUR shop. That’s what American Workshop is all about. We have everything you need to complete any project, and we have the experts on staff to help you out. So if you want to build this or any other project, stop in today.