How di I make a coat rack from cut branches?

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I've been saving branches for a while, about 6-8' long, most with the bark intact and a few side branches that have been cut down to 3-4 " long as some of the hooks for coats, etc. Easy way out would be a container of sand to hold the sticks up and then tie the tops together? Hard way - to somehow screw branches all to each other in random way or screw/bolt branches to a center thick wood support that would get covered by the branches? Thanks to all you clever people out there!

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  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jun 29, 2017
    Just an idea: turn two branches horizontal, with their ends overlapping 2-3 feet. Use twine or thin rope to bind them together, but don't glue anything yet. On the "back", make some twine loops around the branches every foot or so. On the wall, mount a wood bar horizontally across the studs, about 4" x 4'. The bar can be rough or polished. Add up to 5 metal hooks, one foot apart. Hang the branches by the twine loops, adjusting the loops as needed. Evaluate this wood sculpture to decide: do you need to add or subtract more branches; do you have substantial branches or nubs on which to hang coats, hats, sweaters, and scarves? When you approve of the composition, tighten the twine binding the branches together, then hot glue the binding in several places. You should be able to do this while it is hanging. Enjoy! 😇
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    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jul 03, 2017
      Two LLs, yes. Just went through that again at airport car rental. And my debit card has it spelled with one, but nobody has ever challenged it. I tried for eight years to get my card spelled right, but apparently the bank feels it won't ever be a problem and so far it hasn't. As an adult, I started keeping a tally of Jewel/Jewells I met. I stopped with over 125 female and 25 male Jewells, plus family last names. One of the males was my first Asst. Principals. If people pronounce my name as one syllable, I'm okay. I prefer JEWell. But only you know how many ways it can be mangled. 😇
  • Lynn Lynn on Jun 29, 2017
    I would drill a hole in the "upright" and add glue and place "hooks" in the holes. For the base, I'd use a flower pot, spittoon, milk can or similar approx 15-18" tall. Add 3-4" of concrete to hold the rack in place. The base can be a planter, or use for fake plants, during rainy season you have an umbrella holder. Please post pics of your finished piece. I'd love to see it.
    • M. M.. M. M.. on Jul 03, 2017
      Thank you for your ideas! I really like the part about making the base holder useful for umbrellas, walking sticks, etc. I have an old pickle or kraut crock, so probably will fill it with something removable like pebbles. I WAS thinking glass pebbles and maybe burying some string lights in there too, but that would get very $$ - it's a BIG crock!
  • Toni Buccarelli Toni Buccarelli on Jun 29, 2017
    Have you considered liquid Nails or Gorilla Glue? Just a thought.
  • M. M.. M. M.. on Jul 03, 2017
    Love both of those products! I'm thinking they'd be a good starting point or even as additional support.I'm not keen on doing a lot of drilling to connect and having the branches move around! Thank you!
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