How To Make a Mail and Jacket Front Door Organizer

Welcome to Sarah, who's trying out for a spot on our editorial team. Enjoy!

In the realm of organization (small items in particular), I need all the help I can get. This rack is a great way to keep mail off the kitchen table and jackets off the sofa. The design is super functional; it is so clean and modern. To reduce waste, try to purchase wood which is already cut to the size needed for the project. Many home improvement stores carry wood in a variety of species, sizes and widths.

What You Need

Cost = $30
Time = approximately 2 hours
Overall Dimensions (not including pegs) = 28"w x 8"h x 2"d
The level of skill needed for this project is intermediate.

Materials
1 piece of wood at 3" x 48" (1/2" thick)
1 piece of wood at 8" x 48" (1" thick)
1 piece of wood at 6" x 48" (1/2" thick)
4 wood screws 1 1/2" long
1/2" wood dowel over a foot long
key hole hanger with anchors to mount
compound miter saw
drill
wood glue
clamps
countersink bit (optional)
tape measure
180 grit sand paper
pencil and pen

Instructions

1. Inspect the ends on all three pieces of wood. If you see chipping or flaking on the side which will be used, trim it off with the saw. Using the tape measure, mark out 28" with a pencil and cut.

2. When all three pieces are cut to size, put wood glue on one side of the 3" piece, smear with your finger and place on the bottom side of the 8" piece. Then, put more wood glue on the other side of the 3" piece, smear, and place the 6" piece on top of it.

3. Even up all the sides as best as possible. Take three pieces of wood scraps and place them on the front side of your coat rack and secure with clamps/vice grips. It is important to protect the wood with scraps because the clamps will make a dent.

4. On the back of the organizer, measure 4" in from each end and mark an "x" with your pencil. Measure 10" away from the marks you just made, mark another "x." These marks will be where the dowels are placed (but on the other side). This way, you will know where they will be and the screws won’t get in the way.

5. Now, evenly space 4 more spots, mark with a "x" in a different color pencil or pen. This is where the wood screws will go in to secure the pieces together. Take the countersink bit and drill the holes. If you don’t have a countersink bit, just pre-drill a hole and secure the screws.

6. On the other side, remeasure the 4" and 10" spots you made for the dowels, the center being about 1" from the bottom. Measure up about 3/4" on the bit and wrap electrical tape all the way around, this way the holes will be at an even depth. Drill the holes at roughly 30 degrees; I've been told that the human eye is very good at dividing spaces, so you can probably eyeball this. Cut three portions of the dowel at about 2 1/2" long. Put wood glue on one end of all three and secure in the hole.

If the edges are a little uneven, just trim a little off with the miter saw. Sand all the corners and edges so you don’t cut yourself while hanging jackets or reaching for mail.

7. After the rack is sanded and has dried, it can be painted or stained; I chose to leave mine raw. Attach the keyhole hangers to the back and attach to the wall.

Thanks, Sarah!

(Images: Sarah Stacey)

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