To make a simple clothing rack, according to A Beautiful Mess, you need the following supplies: four 1 3/4-inch by 72-inch poplar dowels, one 7/8-inch by 48-inch poplar dowel, measuring tape, a pencil, a drill, a 7/8-inch drill bit, a 5/32-inch drill bit, two 23-inch by 0.125-inch leather cords, two 50-inch by 0.125-inch leather cords and wood glue.
Measure and drill holes in the top of the 1 3/4-inch by 72-inch poplar dowels
Measure and mark 15 1/2 inches from the top of each of the four 1 3/4-inch by 72-inch poplar dowels. Use the 7/8-inch drill bit to drill a hole on each mark entirely through the dowel. Keep the hole straight. Sand the hole's opening to remove any roughness.
Measure and drill holes in the bottom of the 1 3/4-inch by 72-inch poplar dowels
Measure and mark 8 inches up from the bottom of the four dowels. This mark should be 90 degrees from the hole at the top. Use the 5/32-inch drill bit to drill a hole in the marks all the way through the dowel. Sand the hole openings to remove any roughness.
Use the 23-inch leather cording to attach the dowels together
Attach two dowels together by inserting a piece of leather cording through the 5/32-inch holes, and then knot the ends. Do this for the second set of dowels as well.
Insert the 7/8-inch by 48-inch poplar dowel through the top hole of the other dowels
Insert the 7/8-inch by 48-inch poplar dowel through the top hole of one set of attached dowels, allowing about 1 1/2 inches to protrude from the end. Then insert the other end through the other set of dowels in the same way. Open the attached dowels so that the leather cording on both sides is fully extended.
Use the 50-inch leather cording to fasten the dowels in place
Center the leather cording where the three dowels meet. Wrap it twice diagonally, then wrap it twice around in the opposite way to create an "X". Double knot the ends together, and bury the ends of the cording into the knots. Repeat this for the other side. Alternatively, use wood glue here to attach the dowels.