When my brother-in-law visited last week he brought me a fantastic present…a couple of pieces of old wood that he had pulled out of a house he was renovating. What was most interesting was that this was a 2×4. It wasn’t just any 2×4, it was a 2×4 that actually measued 2 inches by 4 inches. If you work with wood, you know that a 2×4 really only measures 1 1/2 x 3 1/2″.
Well, I immediately knew what I was going to do with one of the pieces…a coat rack made from some old railroad spikes I’ve had sitting around the house for years.
The railroad spikes must have been sitting on my bookshelves for at least 15 years gathering dust. Now was the time to put them to good use.
First thing I had to do was square off the ends of the 2×4 and get rid of the old bent nails.
Sanded the board a bit to get rid of any wood fuzz, but not so much to get rid of the old saw marks. Then hit my board with a nice dark walnut stain because my new old board looked a little too new.
Measured and laid out the railroad spikes and marked with chalk.
Holes were drilled where I had marked , about an inch deep using a 5/8″ drill bit. After that, it was just a matter of pounding the railroad spike in until it was secure.
Probably one of my quickest and easiest projects ever. Love the combination of the iron and wood.
Now if you’re still thinking, I don’t know if I want one of those, check out this listing for a very similar item at Amazon for $119. Have I convinced you to make one for your very own?
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