Recycled Key Rack





Introduction: Recycled Key Rack

This is a neat way to use some extra keys that you may have hiding in a drawer. Lets you organize your keys by using keys!

A quick project that can be done in under an hour.

Step 1: Round Up the Tools!

A person doesn't need much to make this. A pallet board and some screws, a drill with screwdriver bit and a drill bit, 2 pairs pliers, a piece of sandpaper, and a saw. That's it!!

Step 2: Cut the Board to Length

You can make this as long or short as you'd like.

Step 3: Sand

Sand the board to get rid of splinters. Doesn't need to be real smooth though for this project.

Step 4: Drill

Drill 2 holes to mount the board to the wall.

Step 5: Look Through Your Junk Drawer

Find the keys you want to use in your junk drawer. Luckily I saved back a few.

Step 6: Find the Keys Elsewhere

If you don't have any in your junk drawer, there is usually a set like this attached to the pants of a friendly janitor. Just distract him like I did and make a run for it!

Step 7: Brass Works Best

Seems that brass keys bend the best. May want to get a few extras, just in case they break as you bend them.

Step 8: Bend Keys

Bend the keys with both sets of pliers like as in the picture.

Step 9: Screw on the Bent Keys

Screw on the bent keys and you are ready to install.



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16 Discussions

Now I now what to do with all those keys we seem to collect. Thank you

I love the idea, thanks to share it.

Now I know what I’ll
make after my review session… It will fit well with the decoration of my house
:)! I also think that it can make a very great present for people which moves
into a new house. It’s amazing what we can do with reusable materials!

And you put things so clearly, Thanks.

Hit me up if anyone needs keys I've gone tons

what an amazing idea, going to do this for sure!

Great instructable. Great photos, great step-by-step. Nice work!

One of the most simple yet minimalisticly (my new made up word for the day lol) beautiful!! I absolutely love it and my wife and I are gathering up all our old keys tonight and my son and I are going to make one. We are going to go buy kid keys from our local Walmart and going to make one for my sons room to use as a backpack and jacket holder!! Great, simple, awesome idea!!

Awesome! I would make 2 slight modifications to the technique. As someone suggested earlier, I would definitely heat them while bending. Also I would try bending them around a round pipe so all the bends would have the same curve, and it would be nice and even.

This is a really cool looking and simple idea, thanks for sharing it!


3 years ago

With regards to your encouragement to steel the keys from a janitor, that is highly illegal. Festival it could cost the janitor his job, it would cost thousands upon thousands to rekey the locks.

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He was obviously joking about the janitor keys. No joking allowed, you might offend someone...

Did something similar this summer.

Or. And bending the key under heating, is easier.

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That is a cool idea. I am going to make one.

Have a great day!

This is a great idea, nobody knows what to do with old keys but they can't seem to toss them out either.