A Cherry Clothes Tree
A simple project to hang your hat on
Synopsis: Christian H. Becksvoort was challenged to build a clothes tree to match a pencil-post bed he’d made, but the idea just wouldn’t work on paper. He came up with a hexagonal tapered post with three cyrna legs, secured with sliding dovetails. Becksvoort explains how he ripped the stock into a hexagon with 1-1/2-in facets and how he cut the bevels. He details how to shape and dovetail the legs using either a router or hand tools, and how to make and install the pegs and finial. A detailed drawing accompanies this project article.
Recently I was commissioned to build a bedroom clothes tree to complement a cherry pencil-post bed I had already made. My initial reaction was to copy the bed’s eight-sided posts. An eight-sided clothes-tree post with four legs seemed logical, but no matter what kind of legs I drew, none looked right. I even…