Introduction: Pallet Wood and Tree Branch Coat Hooks
This coat hook is made of some left over wood from and old, greened pallet, and some branches from a hazel tree. It was made using only hand tools and a basic, portable workbench.
If you don't own one of the tools I use in this build, improvise and make use of what you have, or use it as an excuse to go out and buy one.
It only took me around half a day to build, with plenty of distractions and tea breaks, and I think that the resulting piece looks good.
Altogether, the materials for this project only cost less than £5, so there is no excuse to make it.
Step 1: Tools
Hammer - To pull out nails from the pallet, and hammer them in to the project.
Fencing pliers - To pull out nails that have snapped, and to upright ones that have bent over.
Crow Bar - To pry the pallet apart with.
Pruning/Bow Saw - To rough cut the branches (you could cut the branches with the panel saw if you really wanted).
Panel Saw - To cut the pallet wood, and fine cut the branches
Tape Measure - To measure lengths if you want it a specific dimension.
Pencil - To mark where to cut.
Mitre Box - To get your cuts square if you aren't very good at eyeballing it.
Workbench - To cut, and nail the wood on (although I find it easier to nail the wood together on the floor/a stable, hard floor)
If you know a better way to pry apart pallets or have already got some pried apart, you can miss out the fencing pliers and crow bar.
Step 2: Materials and Hardware
Pallet Wood - To make the main frame, I used the larger beams (use whatever thickness you have on hand).
Branches - To make the hooks and to add detail to the project (I used hazel, but use whatever you have on hand).
Larger Nails - To connect the wood to make the frame, the ones I used were 75mm (around twice the thickness of my wood).
Smaller Nails - To secure the branches, the ones I used were 40 mm (around 5mm stuck out when fully hammered through the wood).
Step 3: Dismantle the Pallet
If you haven't already, dismantle the pallet.
I find it easiest to push the boards out from underneath them with the crowbar, and remove the nails after, although there are many different methods for taking apart pallets.
Step 4: Cut the Branches and Take Off the Small Twigs on the Ends
Unfortunately the images of taking off the twigs on the end got corrupted. Here I used a bow saw, but a pruning saw such as the one in the second image would do the job just fine.
Try to get as many branches with 'Y' shaped forks, as these will become your hooks. Also get some ones with bends, and some straight ones to give the project more detail.
Step 5: Build the Frame
This frame will hold the branches in place. My frame is roughly 30 cm tall and 60 cm wide (that's roughly 1ft tall and 2ft wide), but make yours a size that suits you. I used two of the larger nails in each corner. As long as it looks about square, it should be good.
Step 6: Cutting the 'Y' Shaped Branches to Size
To cut the branches to size, I first put it on top of the frame, and marked with a saw stroke where I wanted the bottom of it to be. I then cut this end off. I then aligned the end that I had just cut with the bottom of the frame, and marked where the top would be with a saw stroke, and cut that.
Once it had been cut, I test fitted it, and made any adjustments needed. I repeated this for the 5 hooks I was going to have.
Once they had all been cut, I cut the hook part down to size. My hooks were around 3 to 5 cm long.
Step 7: Fitting the 'Y' Shaped Branches Into the Frame
First I put them into the frame and played about with the positioning. I tried to get no hooks of equal height next to each other.
Then I put one smaller nail through the top and into the branch, flipped the frame over, put on smaller nail into the branch, flipped it back and put another nail into the branch, and then did the same to the other side, so over all there were 2 nails on each end of each branch.
I then repeated this for the rest of the 'Y' shaped branches.
Step 8: Cutting the 'Detail' Branches
To cut the detail branches, I did the same as I did with the 'Y' shaped branches. I also nailed them the same way.
For this step, be creative with your positioning.
Step 9: Your Finished!
Now all you have to do is attach your new coat hook to the wall, invite some friends round for a barbecue, and let them admire, and hopefully use, your coat hook!
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