Not every woodwork project has to be large or very labour intensive to be well-made and useful. DIYer and YouTube contributor Matthias Wandel proves just that in his coat rack project.

A flat board fitted with hooks made from dowels and a top board that serves a shoe shelf make up the coat rack. The dowels are inserted at an agle to stop heavy coats from slipping off the hooks. Wandel also shows how you can easily drill a diagonal hole for the hooks without damaging your wood with the help of a home-made jig. Check it out at 00:30.

For this project Wandel used ash, a hard wood found in most parts of the world, except Africa. A local alternative to ash is Cape chestnut and mahogany.

Watch the video above to check out the coat rack building process. Alternatively, head over to his website by clicking here for a step-by-step guide to building the coat rack.

Video credit: Matthias Wandel

Source: Popular Mechanics USA