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Craft Coat Hooks from Shaker Peg Rails

This streamlined version of a classic Shaker peg rail works well in any busy entryway. Hanging a few memo or key panels helps keep everything organized.

Photography: Chris Court

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2014



Maple board, 6 inches, $6 a foot; and oak dowels, 1 1/4 inches, $8, and 1 inch, $4.75,
Peel and Stick Dry Erase Sheets, by Avery, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, $12 for 5 sheets,


  • Maple board, 3/4 by 48 by 6 inches, plus scraps

  • Clamp

  • Pencil

  • 2 flat boring bits, 1 inch and 1 1/4 inch

  • Drill

  • 3 drywall screws

  • Wall anchors (optional)

  • Coping saw

  • 2 oak dowels, 1-inch and 1 1/4-inch diameter

  • Sandpaper, 220 grit

  • Wood glue (optional)

  • Brush (used for glue)

  • Rubber mallet


  1. Place board on top of scrap wood, and clamp both to a work surface.

  2. Mark wood with a pencil according to downloaded coat hook plan. With boring bits, drill holes almost through board; sand. Drill drywall screws through 3 bored holes to attach to wall. (Use wall anchors as needed.)

  3. With saw, cut 1-inch dowel into 5-inch lengths, and 1 1/4-inch dowel into 6-inch lengths; sand ends. If using glue, brush some lightly inside holes. With mallet, tap dowels into holes (sand ends as needed to fit). Wipe away excess glue with a damp paper towel.

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