Do I really need this coat rack?

Virtual coat rackI’m still playing around with 3-D modelling in Fusion 360, designing various objects to build familiarity with the software. I’m so pleased with a freestanding coat rack that I’m seriously thinking about trying to make it. I probably don’t need a coat stand, but now I’ve seen it I want it. This design package with its photo-realistic rendering is dangerous.

I’ve rendered my model to show it made from oak and copper pipe with black plastic hanging hooks and supports for the pipe ring. To replicate this in real life I’ll need to learn how to steam-bend and laminate strips of wood and bend copper pipe smoothly. I’ll also have to design the plastic components to fit precisely the wooden and metal ones and 3-D print them, then assemble the whole thing. I’ve no way of being sure in advance whether it’ll work, or be strong enough to take a few winter coats. It’ll be quite a commitment.

I’m going to start by trying steam bending, and to do that I’ll repurpose our wallpaper steamer. I might start with thin plywood, like the stuff I made my yarn swift from, it should be an easier prospect than oak. I figure all I need to do is somehow seal a connection from the steamer into one end of a length of drainpipe and provide an exhaust pipe at the other end.  First task: check whether PVC drainpipe is capable of taking 100°C, I can’t remember what its softening temperature is.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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