Step 1: Required Material and Tools
- About 18 inches long of 3/8" wood dowel
- One 8x12 inches 3/4" thick wood piece (pine here)
- One 3x12 inches 3/4" thick wood piece (pine here)
- Some wood glue
Step 2: Drill Top Jointery Dowel Holes
Clamp the small piece of wood on top of the large one to drill the holes through both pieces at the same time.
On the press drill or using a hand drill, make the holes all the way through both pieces using a 11/32" drilling bit.
Step 3: Cut Wood Dowels to Length
The three shorter pieces are for the hooks. You can replace these home made hooks by some commercial hooks. I decided to go with wood dowel hooks because I wanted to make six of these for my partners at the office. Metal hooks would have been too expensive.
In the setup you see in the picture below, I used a stop block to cut all pieces the same length. I recommend this technique if you plan to make many of these.
Step 4: Body Assembly
Then, place the small piece on top of it and hammer the piece half way through. Apply some glue in the holes and hammer the piece all the way through.
You now have a complete assembly without the hooks. It is now time to plane the edges (if required) and sand the piece before to install the hooks.
Step 5: Hooks Assembly
To give the hook a slight inclination, place a small piece of wood between the table of the drill press and the large piece of wood. Drill the three holes about 1/2" deep in the wood board. I used the drill press lock bolt to make sure all holes are the same depth.
To round out the tip of the hooks I used a small drill as displayed in the picture below. That technique make a nice and smooth round finish. Apply some glue at the other end and hammer down the hook in the board.
Step 6: Build Some More for Your Partners!
I can tell right now that your partners at the office will ask you if you can make one for them. Let's do it ... it's simple, fun and will definitely make you someone they will never forget. Much more effective than a business card! ;)