What’s one to do with a box of old vintage books? Make coat racks, of course!
This project actually came about last fall when I scored a box of old vintage books at a yard sale. I loved them, but let’s be honest…they were never gonna be read again. They still had great appeal as home decor, but they needed a purpose. My Vintage Book Coat Racks were born.
Like I said, these were made last fall in the rush of getting things made for craft shows. I thought I took pictures of every step, but when I began writing this post I couldn’t find them all. They may have gotten miss-filed with photos for another project or I just didn’t get them taken. Either way, I think I can talk you through the construction.
Truth Alert! I will keep the language on this post a lot cleaner than the language I was hissing while putting these together. A couple of them challenged my sanity! 😉
Things You Will Need:
Thin, scrap ply-board
Drill, screwdriver bit and small bit for pilot holes
What To Do:
Pair two books together. This sounds like it should be an easy step, but pairing book titles, size and color can make you a little crazy. Note: That’s NOT what tested my sanity. Keep reading.
Apply E-6000 to the back of the top book and set it at a slight angle on the bottom book. You could should wait until the adhesive has dried, but I didn’t and went on to the next step.
I matched scraps of thin ply-board to the back books. For those that were too big I trimmed to fit. Apply E-6000 to the back of the board and center on the back of the bottom book.
Drill four pilot holes through the board and into the bottom book and insert wood screws in the holes. You will notice the four screws are not evenly set in the corners of the back board. That is because you want screws that are longer than the book is thick so that it also goes into the top book that is set at an angle.
This is where the insanity begins. Screwing through books sounds easy, but all those pages wanted to lift and twist. Curses!!! It was a bit fiddly, but I used flat boards and clamps to squeeze everything together while screwing. Sometimes I had to reposition the boards and clamps after a couple of screws and sometimes I did not. It all depends on the size of books you have. Moving on.
Add a hanger at this time.
Flip the book stack over and open the cover. Yep, you want those boards and clamps again, but adding to your insanity, you also want metal washers for each screw. The washers will prevent the screw heads from tearing through the paper.
Drill two pilot holes inside the front cover, add the washers and insert the screws. Note: You want screws that will go through the top book and part way into the bottom book. Keep in mind where the coat hook will go on the front cover. Shift the inside screws over if they are in a spot that will interfere with the coat hook.
Close the cover and position your coat hook where desired. Clamp the cover. Drill pilot holes for the hook where needed and attach.
This project was not as quick as I would have liked, but the finished project was well worth it. They would look great in a bedroom, library or den.
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