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How to make a delightful clothing rail


Fancy getting stuck into a little job? Try making this great practical item from a new book, says Claire Spreadbury.

What you'll need:

Two pieces of leather, approximately 3cm wide and 5m long (the length will depend on the height of your ceiling). Natural leather is hard to cut, but you can ask a local leather merchant to cut it for you.

A piece of driftwood, about 140cm in length. The thickness of the stick must be suitable for your chosen hangers.


Sandpaper (150 grit)

Leather hole punch

2 x 1cm copper or brass nails/studs for each strap

Hand saw

2 x strong screws (for attaching to the ceiling)

Ruler and a drill

Step one:

Comb your nearest beach for a suitable piece of driftwood, then leave your chosen piece to dry out in the sun.

Step two:

Use the sandpaper to clean and polish the rough edges.

Step three:

Using the saw, cut the stick to your desired length (maximum length should be 150cm).

Step four:

Using the leather hole punch, prepare two holes in the leather, around 1cm inside the edge of the strap and 25cm from the end. Hammer the copper or brass nails (or studs) into place.

Step five:

Loop the leather straps around each end of your chosen branch.

Step six:

Check the exact measurement between the two leather straps and mark the two spots on the ceiling where the straps will be attached. Drill holes in the ceiling for the screws and attach the straps to the ceiling. The branch can be hung using any material, be it rope, rough twine, coarse fabric, even an old, fine, silk scarf. You can hang it next to a wall, but it also works beautifully as a room divider. It could also be used an installation for pots and pans over your kitchen sink, swapping the clothes hangers with some beautiful vintage meat hooks from a butcher.

Woodworking by Andrea Brugi and Samina Langholz is published by Jacqui Small, an imprint of The Quarto Group, £20

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