Introduction: Coat Hooks From Old Telephone Line Insulators
Was given a large collection of these from someone who was a wireman for the old Bell Telephone company.
Step 1: Parts
This is all recylcling: waste wood from other projects, glass insulators from ancient communications system.
Step 2: Turn the Wood
Mark the center of the pieces on the ends and place on the lathe.
Narrow them to a point that will fit in the glass insulator
Change the chuck and detail the lower hook
Step 3: Drill Hanger Screw Hole
A single 3 inch dry wall screw will hold this up, I used a dowel to both cover the screw and create a second hanger hook
16 years ago
Do take care of those insulators. The colored ones are especially valuable to collectors!
Reply 16 years ago
depends on colors and/or words on them. You could figure it out more on this website
Reply 14 years ago on Introduction
Yeah, I work there (Verizon) as a lineman-they are not all valuable-when you replace old poles they are often in the hole...Green are pretty common-blues and purples are worth a lot. Depends on a lot of factors.
16 years ago
Wow, they are valueable! Makes me wish I had paid more attention to the ones we found in my grandma's basement when she passed away. There were 8 or 9 of them. I think they're all in the trash heap now :(