Dustin recently had a commission for a reclaimed wood and iron-work coat tree. He spent most of a day in the shop with his little helper, Esther. They documented the project with step by step pictures.
Above, you can see a bit of smoke drifting out of the eaves of the smithy.
Firing up the forge.
These next pictures show the top layer of hooks taking shape. The stock he is using is 1/4 X 3/4 flat bar. Above, he has just flattened the ends of the forged blanks in preparation for rolling them as you see below.
Putting the curve in. The metal is still red-hot.
Now the bottoms of the pieces have been rolled up into hooks.
A few views of the inside of the shop. Esther was having a ball!
Finished except for drilling the screw holes.
On to the small hooks for the lower tier.
These will be driven right into the wood, hence the sharp ends.
Now Dustin drills the pilot holes in the large hooks. ( P.S. Esther took these photos! :-) )
Daddy and his girl!
The drilling was done with an old fashioned hand drill.
The horses ambled over for a visit so Esther took a quick break to do a little petting.
...and a little hugging :-) .
After drilling the pilot holes with the hand drill he finishes the holes with the drill press.
A view of the drill press.
Here all all the hooks with the reclaimed wood that the body of the coat tree will be made of.
The foot of the stand is designed to be hard to topple over, as the tree was destined to be in a shop holding merchandise. The lady didn't want it falling over on customers!
It turned out so pretty! It has a real nice rustic/western vibe. Below are some pictures of the completed project, ready to be delivered to it's new home.