|Build a mission hall tree to hang your coats in style.
Quarter sawed oak is the best wood to use, as it is easy to work and looks best when finished. Order the stock from the mill ready cut to length, squared and sanded.
You will need:
- 1 post, 2 by 2 by 59 in.
- 4 posts, 2 by 2 by 10 in.
- 8 braces, 7/8 by 2 by 7-1/2 in.
- 4 arms, 7/8 by 2 by 5-3/4 in.
Hall Tree Construction
First square up all the posts and bevel them at the tops as shown. Then cut the mortises making them 1/2 in. wide and 7/8 in. deep. Cut the tenons on the braces to fit these mortises. Be careful to get the distance between the shoulders of the braces all of the same length. A good way to do this is to place them all side by side on a flat surface with the ends square and lay them all out at once. The top arms can be made in the same manner. The tenons should fit good and tight in all the posts.
The parts can now be glued and clamped together. When they are dry, scrape all the surplus glue from about the joints and go over the whole with fine sandpaper, removing all rough spots. The hall tree can be finished in any one of the many mission stains available.
*Note - Quarter sawed means to saw a log into quarters lengthwise along its axis.