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Building a Child's Clothes Tree

giraffe T Rex

Plans for a Child's Clothes Tree:

I made a clothes stand like this for my daughter when she was small, and now that she has two children of her own, I thought I would make each of them one. On my daughters, the hooks were elephant heads. Since she still uses hers, I thought the her kids should have different ones. So, my grand daughter's has giraffe heads, and my grand son's has T-Rex heads. You can use one of those 3 or, use your imagination and dream up your own.

Cutting directions:

Start by cutting the base pieces and the post, (the vertical piece).
  • The Base: These are 16 inches each, so cut two off the end of your 2x4.
    Now you have 2 pieces, 16" long, 3 1/2 inches wide.
    Cut an arc on the top corners with a 1 1/2 inch radius.
    (Note, I just find a paint can or glue can of suitable diameter to mark the 4 radii for cutting.)
    I'll cover those notches cut into them later...
    bases

  • The Post: Now rip the remainder of the 2x4 into a 2x2, that is cut it so it is 1 1/2 inches on either side.
    Cut a point on the top of the post by cutting off the top inch to the center on each side. See the picture.

    point

    Notch the 3 parts to fit:

    So, the two base parts fit together in an "X" at 90 degrees to each other.
    X Cut one with a 1 1/2 inch wide notch centered on the top, the other with an 1 1/2 wide notch centered on the bottom, each of them 1 3/4 inches deep. I shave them to the proper depth and width test fitting them to get them just right. I don't try to get the cut perfect on the first try. (see the picture of the base pieces above to view the notches.)
    They should be snug, but not too tight.

    Bottom of the post:

    Now on the bottom of the post, cut two notches.
    First cut the bottom 3 1/2 inches so it is 3/4 inches wide (by 1 1/2).

    Next cut the bottom 1 3/4 so it is 3/4 inches square..
    Again, on these notches, I cut them to fit. Try your post in the notches to make it fit, not too tight, but snug.

    post cut

    ***** Pay attention to the location of these notches so that the post will fit *****
    Now on the top base piece, cut a notch out of the top section 3/4 inches deep and 1 1/2 wide.

    Cut a notch on the bottom base piece 3/4 deep by 3/4 wide.

    notches

    Now, when you put the base pieces together, there will be a hole down through the center that the post will slide right into and fit and stand up straight.

    notches 2

    hole

    The heads..

    I drew these and traced them onto the wood, they are roughly 3 inch heads.. with a part to act as the hook, the head or trunk depending on the animal.
    I used hardwood I had handy, oak for some, cherry for others. I don't know how well pine will hold up. The weight of the clothes may break off a trunk or head along the grain. With the hardwood, I never even have to worry about the direction of the grain in relation to the "hook".

    T Rex head Giraffe head

    Cut out your 8 heads, keeping one edge of each head straight and square to go against the post. I cut them on a bandsaw.

    Drill two 3/8 inch holes 1/2 deep on the post edge of each head. Depending on the head's shape, you should space the two holes roughly 1 1/2 inches apart. Be EXACT or as close to perfect as you can with that 1 1/2 spacing.

    head holes

    Drill matching holes on your post. 3/8 inch holes, 1 1/2 inches apart for the eight heads. 16 holes.. as shown.
    I drilled the holes on the post so that the 4 heads at the top were 4 1/2 and 5 inches below the top and the bottom four were 22 and 22 1/2 inches below the top.

    post holes

    Cut 16 dowel pegs. 3/8 hardwood dowel. Each just under 1 inch long.

    Finishing

    At this point I finished the post and base pieces with stain and poly, and painted the heads.
    I did not stain of poly inside the notches on the base pieces or on the notched part of the post.

    painted heads

    Assembly

    When all the finishes were nice and dry, I assembled the stand.
    A small amount of glue in the notches and everything will hold together just fine.

    Finally a small bit of glue on each dowel peg and pushed the heads onto the post.
    This is where you find out how exact you were with your hole drilling.
    I had success, but I think if you have trouble getting a head on, you can shave some wood off your peg to get it to fit.

    head assembly
    If you build it, send me pictures, I'll include them here. Here are of mine:

    Clothes tree Clothes tree


  • Enjoy...

    If you like our plans, and want to send a picture of the table(s) you build using our plans, email them to me, and I will post them here.

    Shopping List

    1. (1) - 8 ft 2x4 pine, fir whatever.
    2. (2) - 3/4 hardwood 1 x 4 x 4ft
    3. (1) - 3/8 inch hardwood dowel 3 foot length is plenty
    4. wood glue

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