Completed November 2007



The Heritage of Hawk Ridge Clubhouse requested additional coat hanging space for large events.  The additional coat racks would be taken down and stored between large events.


To respond to this need, the HHR Wood Working Club designed and made five 30-inch long coat racks that hang from “French Cleats” attached to the wall.  The coat racks can then be put up and taken down for large events when more coat space is needed. 


Fifteen Club members met for ten sessions (lasting two to three hours each) beginning November 7 and concluding November 30 for a total of 132 man-hours. Those working on the coat racks were:  Barry Bingham, Galen Bird, Ron Ehrle, Sam Huston, Len Ketterer, Larry Kruse, Larian Johnson, Larry Lachalmelle, Larry Marten, Ellis Nelson, Frank O’Connor, Mike Shatzman, Rich Singer, Les Waganer, and Perry Wood.


 The total cost of materials was $226.63.


The coat racks are located on two walls in the Clubhouse exercise room:  (1) three 30-inch racks where the Community Bulletin Board and six coat hooks are located, and (2) two 30-inch racks opposite the wall with the Community Bulletin Board.  The Community Bulletin Board and coat hooks will be taken down when the racks are used, and returned after the large event.  When not in use, the coat racks hang on French cleats in the storage closet near the men’s room.


The Club met November 7 at the Clubhouse to brainstorm ideas on how to design the coat rack.  Sam Huston had the breakthrough idea to use the “French Cleats” like those used in Barry Bingham’s wood shop walls.  Les Waganer, who just retired from Boeing after 41 years and has joined our Club, used a computer program to design a modular coat rack system.  A meeting was held on November 13  to discuss Les’ design.  Les developed a prototype of the modular coat rack system and the Club met November 16 to discuss the prototype.  On November 19, Rich Singer reviewed with the group his concern that we were building something too big and that we should build a more utilitarian coat rack using metal braces commonly used in closets.  The group agreed, changed our plans, and obtained approval from Stu Cassell. 


On November 30, the coat racks were delivered to the clubhouse and installed on the French cleats.  On December 1, over 200 people attended the Christmas Tea in the clubhouse and used the coat racks.