Introduction: Key & Letter Holder Made From a Reclaimed Toboggan

About: Industrial designer and project manager

The wooden toboggan has numerous aesthetic elements. Its raw material and its forming process give a special value to this object. It represents happy memories of winter time, especially here in Canada. I tried to use its existing elements to create a unique piece for the small entrance hall at my home.

The final result is more than just a key and letter holder. It's also a chalkboard and most of all, an object of discussion !

This is the perfect simple project for winter time. Put your favourite Christmas music on and start this project !

Original idea - Anne Claude

Step 1: Stuff You'll Need

  1. A broken or unused wooden toboggan, I found mine at the local thrift store for less than 10$.
  2. A long cord: red colour makes a great visual contrast with wood.
  3. Few hooks
  4. Screws
  • A power drill with drill bits
  • A beam detector
  • A screwdriver
  • Scissors
  1. Chalkboard or chalk paint + MDF board

Step 2: Clean the Toboggan

Remove any undesirable parts that still hang on the toboggan;
Remove all stickers;
Remove old cord;

You can choose to sand or not.
Also optional: apply a finishing product.

I kept mine as it was. I like the rustic feel of its imperfect varnish.

Step 3: Design You Cord Pattern

Use the existing holes on the toboggan to create a pattern that will be both functional and aesthetically appealing.

Step 4: Install on the Wall

  1. Locate a wooden beam with your beam detector and mark its emplacement on the wall
  2. Drill holes on each wooden crosspiece of your toboggan. These holes must be aligned.
  3. Use screws to fix your new letter holder on the wall.

Step 5: Addons

You can modify the design by adding some new features.

I installed few metal hooks on a crosspiece for my keys.
I added a chalkboard on the upper segment of the toboggan.
I would suggest to add some pockets to store small objects.

Step 6: Start Using It !

You will discover new possibilities by using it.

The "one last thing" of this object is the curve at the bottom. It presents the opportunity of creating a journal rack. It can also fits many other function like a basket for mittens and beanies to stay in the winter theme.

Install it upside down and you get a whole new concept !

Step 7: Final Result

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