Big Towelpeg

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Introduction: Big Towelpeg

About: I am a student of mechanical engineering and like to work on small projects.

A clothespin as a towel holder looks very good visually. The working steps are manageable as well as the material.

You need:

- Wood ( 2 times 11" * 1.2"* 2.4"), soft wood for easier processing

- Wire (rod) ~ 40" depending on how tight the wire is bend, diameter 0,15" (you can choose an smaller diameter if you use Steel, in my case I used brass

- A tube for winding the wire ( 0.6" diameter)

- printed stencil of an clothespin (print as large as you want, I use the maximum length of an DIN-A4 Paper)

Supplies

- A vice facilitates the bending of the wire

- saw

- wood file

Step 1: Cutting the Wood Into the Right Lenght

Measure the length of the template and saw the wood accordingly. Then use the template and mark the contour from the side.

Step 2: Made the Form

Use a saw to cut the end of the clamp at an angle. Then use a file to make the recesses. Drill a hole in one half to be able to attach the clothespin to the wall later.

Step 3: Bending the Spring

Clamp the wire together with the pipe in a vice and bend the wire around the pipe. Make sure that the wire is tight against the pipe and has a constant pitch. I did not succeed in doing this all the time as you can see in the picture. The spring should be slightly wider than the wood. Insert the spring into the wood and mark the places where the wire has to be bent. Check if the spring fits into the wood pieces and if the clothespin works. This should be done before sanding, so that scratches from testing can be removed afterwards.

Step 4: Sanding and Painting

The wooden parts can be sanded down and prepared for painting. You can skip this step, if you have chosen a nice wood, then the sanding and if you want to oil it is enough.

Step 5: Mounting

Attach the clothespin to the wall. I used double sided tape, but you can also attach it using a screw. There are many other uses such as in the kitchen as a recipe holder, for notes or as a holder for your handbag. I hope you liked the Instructable.

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    20 Comments

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    rayc1
    rayc1

    Question 2 years ago on Step 5

    Can you make a wooden pipe wrench?

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    Failx
    Failx

    Answer 2 years ago

    A wooden wrench supposed to do what? Also as a mounting for something?

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    rayc1
    rayc1

    Reply 2 years ago

    I had seen an oversized adjustable pipe wrench made of wood but I never could find a build design. It was a fully functional pipe wrench made of wood. A real tool that maybe at some time there was such a design?

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    belair574
    belair574

    2 years ago

    What size wire did you use?

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    Failx
    Failx

    Reply 2 years ago

    ~ 40" 0.15"diameter, the length depend on how tight the wire is bend

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    belair574
    belair574

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you for the quick reply and very nice build.

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    accesswoodworx
    accesswoodworx

    2 years ago

    This is a really cool project! I love it!
    What gauge/diameter of rod did you use?

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    Failx
    Failx

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you, I have added the dimensions, the diameter of the rod is 0.15 "

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    Consider My Solution
    Consider My Solution

    Tip 2 years ago

    Instructables with simple, basic dimensions are much easier to follow / duplicate. This one only provided a single photo to help with proportions, and it won't make it any easier. For instance, you show "wire" without even helping with the length or diameter. While full dimensional drawings would be fantastic, many instructables just put simple dimensions within the text.

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    Failx
    Failx

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks for the Tip, I will complete the proportions :)

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    JordanW8
    JordanW8

    2 years ago

    What kind of wood, and what type of wire did you use?

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    Failx
    Failx

    Reply 2 years ago

    I used birch wood, but you can also use another wood, but soft woods are easier to work with. As wire I used a brass rod.

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    jeanniel1
    jeanniel1

    2 years ago

    This is great! Will the wire hold up with the movement - is it that stiff? I think it's funny as I have these teeny tiny clothes pins, too!

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    Failx
    Failx

    Reply 2 years ago

    The wire springs back well and so far it has not lost any strength. I can't say if the wire will wear off, spring steel would be the better choice, but I only used material I still had at home.

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    RayC46
    RayC46

    2 years ago

    does any kind of wire work or is it 'special' ?

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    Failx
    Failx

    Reply 2 years ago

    It is a normal brass rod, with a spring steel it is probably more reliable, but for this application normal steel or brass is also sufficient

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    TechnoChic
    TechnoChic

    2 years ago

    This is georgous! Great job thanks for posting! I voted for you. <3

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    Failx
    Failx

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you very much :)

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    2 years ago

    Really nice job making this :)

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    Failx
    Failx

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you :)