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Here's a useful hook you can make from left-over tree branches. Use them for dog leashes, coats, hats, keys, smelly gym shoes, calendars, and many other things. They ...
Tools Table saw Dremel tool Chisel (be sure to buy chisels pre-sharpened) Drill 1/8 inch drill bit 5/16 inch drill bit Materials Branches Stain Polyurethane Hat pins
This is a good piece of a branch; it is substantial, has a good crotch, and can be split so that it can lay flat against a wall ...
Use a chisel to strip off the bark. Beware of sharp chisels and klutzy hands.
If there are branchettes sprouting out of the branch other than the main hook, trim them off.
Place the branch down on its side (the hook facing to the left or right) and mark a rough line down the side of the wall-side of the ...
Start with the saw blade at a low height (about a centimetre into the branch). Place the table saw's fence lightly along the right part of the branch. ...
Now it's starting to look like a hook that will sit flush against a wall.
Cross-cut the branch to your desired hook size. Leave the wall-side of the hook a little longer than the hook, we'll see why in a bit.
Round off the hook with a chisel or Dremel tool.
Drill a hole near the top and near the bottom. You'll want to have the top of the wall-side a bit higher than the hook so that it ...
Sand using 150 and then 220 grit sand paper.
Here, I added a tribal decoration. First, lightly sketch out your design, then use a Dremel tool to carve along the guide lines. Be sure to re-sand over ...
Wipe off sandpaper dust and dead bugs with denatured alcohol. Canned air is also very helpful to remove sand dust.
I used three coats of stain here, each photo shows the next layer of stain (did not sand between coats). Hint: Use the little pyramid thingies to hold ...
After the stain has dried, add two or three coats of Polyurethane. Tip 1: Be sure to stir well first. Tip 2: Watch out for bubbles when applying.
If you give a hook as a gift, BE SURE TO PROVIDE THE RECIPIENT WITH A WAY TO ATTACH THE HOOK TO A WALL! Otherwise, they will never ...
You'll basically need three items: A pinky-sized slice of a stick, about 1/3 inch thick. A 5/32 inch drill bit. The hat pin.
Use the 5/32 drill bit to drill a partial hole that the ball of the pin will eventually sit in. Pre-measure using the drill bit just how far ...
Once the partial hole is drilled, dab some glue on the ball of the hat pin and insert into the hole.
Sand down the slice into a nice round tip using the Dremel. Since the plug is pretty small, holding it with pliers can help keep it from slipping ...
Carefully smooth the plug with 220 grit sandpaper, then stain (if desired, you may want to keep the plug unstained for variety), and polyurethane. g0 wOk daWG
This is actually a double-hook branch. The branch is from France that I picked up near the Maginot Line.
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