Introduction: Hoodie Hook

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In my room I've always had so many hoodies and nowhere to put them, this has resulted in me having to cram them into drawers and wardrobes, this made my room look messy and my hoodies wrinkled.

This project is a hook that will go on a wall or door, its function, in my case, is to hang hoodies for easy access. This project will be made out of wood and metal. Its design will be practical and easy to use, the aim is to be able to store as much on is as possible. What I love about this design is you can really make it your own, you an hang whatever you want on it, for example, jackets, bags, scarves etc... Also you can change the design to fit the style of your room or workplace. This will be made carefully and will have no sharp edges so it will be safe to use.

The pegs will be attached carefully so they wont fall of, no-matter how many hoodies you put on it! This DIY coat hook is modern and trendy and you surely cant buy anything like it at the shops!

Follow these easy, step-by-step instructions, that are accessible to all ages, and make your very own trendy hoodie hook!

Step 1: Making a Paper Model

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Before starting to make anything you need to plan the shape your going to make with the metal. You cant just go straight onto the metal. So we need to get the measurement correct by making a paper model. This is how I did It in 5 easy steps.

~ The things you will need are:

  1. Paper
  2. Scissors
  3. Pencil
  4. Ruler

~ Step No.1 :

You need to have an idea of the shape your wanting to make, before starting to draw the net for the 3D model. (you should look on the internet fro images to get a rough idea for what your wanting to do.

~ Step No.2 :

Mark out the lines on the paper using a pencil and a ruler, referring to the picture you have found. (remember to use dotted lines where you want to fold)

~ Step No.3 :

Before moving on you should check the drawing and measurements to make sure it looks right.

~ Step No.4 :

Cut along the lines using scissors.

~ Step No.5 :

Fold along the fold lines you've drawn, and your net should turn into a lovely 3D model for your hook.


Step 2: Making the Coat in Metal.

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Now that you have planned and made your paper model its time to mark it onto the metal.

What you will need:

  1. Sheet of Metal
  2. Steel rule
  3. File
  4. Emery Cloth
  5. Pencil
  6. Scriber
  7. Junior hack saw

Step No.1 :

Firstly you have to use the rough side of the emery cloth and rub it down the surfaces of the metal to prepare it for cutting.Then Put it in the vice and file down the edges.

Step No.2 :

Once you've prepared the metal, you need to get the paper template you've made and draw that onto the metal with a pencil and a steel rule, try to line it up to the edges as much as possible to make it easier.

Step No.3 :

Once you've drawn the stencil on, go over it with a scriber, and use a steel rule to make sure the lines are straight, then rub out the pencil lines and make sure you can see the lines you have made withe scriber.

Step No.4 :

Next, you put the sheet of metal in the vice and line the edge you want to cut, with the edge of the vice to make it easier. Keep cutting and moving the metal around in the vice, as it will help you cut in a straight line.

Step No.5 :

Once you have finished cutting, use the file to smoothen any rough edges.


Step 3: Drilling a Hole in the Metal.

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In order to attach your metal shape to the hook, you need to drill a hole in it.

Step 1 :

You will need, Pencil, Centre punch, Hammer, Drill, Goggles, Clamp.

Step 2 :

Once you have cut the shape and filed down the edges, get a pencil and mark out in the middle of your metal where you want the hole to go that will screw it onto the wood.

Step 3 :

Then, using the centre punch and a hammer, make a marking on top of your pencil dot.

Step 4 :

Then secure it down in the clamp below the drill bit, and drill a hole where you have marked.

Step 5 :

Next, file away any sharp bits from drilling the hole.

Step 4: Bending the Metal

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Once you have cut the metal, filed down the edges, and drilled a hole in the middle, its time to bend it along the fold lines you have made.

What you will need :

  • Hammer
  • Bending bars (optional)
  • Vice
  • Hammer

Step 1 :

Gat your piece of metal and put it inside the bending bars, lined up with your fold lines, and the put it in the vice.

(or you can just put it straight into the vice, making sure you fold lines are lined up with the edges of the vice)

Step 2 :

Get your hammer and start hammering the metal inwards, making sure the hit the bottom so the top doesnt loose its shape.

Step 3 :

Hammer it until it is in the place you want it to be, depending on your design. Move your metal around in the bending bars or the vice to make sure you bend all the sides evenly.

Step 5: Plastic Dip-Coating

Once you have finished cutting and bending the metal shape, it is time to give it some colour using the plastic dip-coating method.

For this step you are required to have:

The oven used to heat up the metal.

The Fluidiser for coating the metal.

Coloured plastic powder.

Metal tongs for taking the metal out of the oven.

Gloves and Goggles for safety.

Step 1 :

Put your piece of metal in the oven at approximately 400 degrees, for 20 minutes.

Step 2 :

Once the metal is heated, take it out using the metal tongs and wearing gloves to make sure you don't get burnt. Then turn the fluidiser on, this blows air through the particles causing them to rise up and bubble within the tank.

Step 3 :

Dip the metal into the fluidiser, using the metal tongs, until a layer of polymer has melted and adhered to the surface of the hot metal.

Step 4 :

Take the metal out and let it dry and cool.

Step 6: Laser Cutting the Shape

On our coat hook we will have two shaped pegs and one dowel, we have already used the metal method, and now we are going to laser cut a shape, you can make it the same as your previous one or change it up. The program we will be using is Laser Cam 2D Design.

All you will need is a computer with the program and a template with the measurements of your chosen shape.

Step 1 :

Open up the program and set the axes to the right lengths according to your shape. (Mine is 70mm x 70mm)

Step 2 :

Then set the grid size something easy to work with, I used 5.

Step 3 :

Then draw your template onto the program using the correct measurements according to your shape.

Step 4 :

Once your shape is drawn you need to set the lines to the correct colour so that some of the lines are cut and some are engraved onto the surface of the plastic. (for me, to cut the colour was red, and to scratch it was blue).

Step 5 :

Once you've done that you need to draw on a circle so that you can screw it onto the hook.

Step 7: Making the Wood Pannel

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What you will need...

  1. Two wooden planks (your choice of size and colour)
  2. Pencil
  3. Steel Rule
  4. Try Square
  5. Tennen Saw
  6. Band saw (+Goggles)
  7. Wooden Dowels
  8. Mallet
  9. Japanese Saw
  10. Wood Glue

Step 1 :

Get your two planks of wood and measure the height, length and width. Then mark a square, (length may vary depending on size of wood, mine was 70mm) and make sure to mark it the whole way round and draw a line halfway on the side, drawing lines on the section that is to be cut out.

Step 2 :

Put the wood flat on the bench, and cut downwards, along the straight line, untill you reach halfway down the wood. (Do this on both pieces of wood).

Step 3 :

Then move over to the band saw, make sure you follow basic safety instructions, (tie hair back, wear goggles, no loose bracelets etc...), and let your teacher set the guard before use.

Then, before cutting make sure that the piece that will fall off is facing away from the machine. Then press the wood firmly against the side, with both hands and slowly push forwards and cut both pieces.

Step 4 :

Then once both pieces are cut, you need to glue them together using wood glue, once the glue is on push them together and use a clamp to secure, get a wet paper towel to wipe any glue off the sides.

Step 5 :

To strengthen the backboard, we are going to put two dowels inside. To do this you need to mark halfway along the square, that is the joint, and then split it into thirds to make two marks for holes, The using the pillar drill, drill through to make your two holes.

Step 6 :

Then get two dowels and hammer them through along with a bit of glue, leaving bits sticking out on both sides, then cut them off with a Japanese Saw.

Then sand down any rough edges.

Step 8: Drilling Holes for the Dowels

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You need to drill two more holes in the wood to make room for the dowels to hang your clothes up on.

What you will need:

  1. Try Square
  2. Steel Rule
  3. Pencil
  4. Dowels
  5. Pillar drill
  6. Wood glue

Step 1 :

Mark out two holes in the middle of the wood, (split it into thirds and draw your mark)

Step 2:

Drill through two holes, make sure they're big enough to fit the dowels in.

Step 3:

Sand off any rough edges and the apply glue to the inside of the holes before putting the dowels in and leaving to dry.

(to make the dowels, I just cut two equal pieces from a wooden pole)

You van apply more oil afterwards to make it look better after sanding.

Step 9: Drilling Our Metal Hook On

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At the beginning of this project we made a metal hook and then, plastic dip-coated it the colour of our choice. Now its time to drill it onto our panel of wood.

You will need

  1. Your metal hook
  2. A drill
  3. A screw

Step 1:

Mark out the centre of the section of wood you want to drill it onto. The place the centre of the hole we drilled into the metal, onto the mark

Step 2:

Get a screw and drill it down onto the wood, until secure.

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