Pallet Key Holder

Introduction: Pallet Key Holder

About: With humble beginnings as a family business based in a two car garage in New York, Albany County Fasteners has grown into a fastener distributor and superstore with an extensive selection specializing in stain…

Everyone wants a place to hang their keys and we are no different here at Albany County Fasteners! We decided to make an easy and simple pallet key holder and take you along for the ride! After a couple of quick google searches and deciding on our own spin, it was time to go gather the tools and materials to get this project under way.

The Tools We Used

The Supplies

  1. Slotted Oval Head Wood Screw
  2. Phillips Pan Head Sheet Metal Screw
  3. Torx Security Pan Head Sheet Metal Screw
  4. Square Pan Head Sheet Metal Screw
  5. Spanner Security Pan Head Sheet Metal Screw
  6. Phillips Oval Head Sheet Metal Screw
  7. Slotted Hex Head Sheet Metal Screws

Now that we have all of our materials together, we are ready to get started!

Step 1: Cutting the Wood and Making the Back Board

After our last project, we did a little bit of planning ahead and pulled some extra boards off pallets. So gathering the wood was simple. We took some quick measurements and came up with several pieces we would need to make this project.

  • Two 3-1/2″ x 1 ft boards
  • One 3: x 1 ft board
  • Two 3-1/2" x 10" boards
  • One 2" x 10" board
  • Two 2" x 2-3/4" rectangle pieces

Then we lined up the two 3-1/2″ x 1 ft boards and 3″ x 1 ft board to form the back board of the key holder. We placed one of the 3-1/2" x 10" boards and across the top to hold the boards together. Once it is lined up carefully turn the boards over and use a 1-1/4″ long #6 Phillips Flat Head Wood Screw in each board. This will hold the three foot long boards to the 10" front.

Step 2: Making the Mail Slot and Connecting It

Next we need to make a mail slot (or decorative planter in our case). We did this by taking the 2″ x 10″ board and connecting it to the remaining 3-1/2″ x 10″ board. On boards this thin you will definitely want to pre-drill your holes otherwise you will likely see splitting in the wood. We used a 3/16" drill bit to pre-drill holes for our 1-1/4″ #6 Stainless Steel Slotted Oval Head Wood Screws.

Once we had these two boards connected we took the two 2″ x 2-3/4″ Rectangles and connected them in the same way. Now we have our mail slot and the back board ready to be connected. On the base of the back board, line up the mail slot and pre-drill 5 holes around the edge using the 3/16" drill bit. Then drive five 1-1/4″ #6 Stainless Steel Phillips Flat Head Wood Screws into those holes to hold the mail slot to the back board.

Step 3: Adding the Key Ring Holders

Now we need a place to hang the keys from. We decided that, being a fastener business, a fun way to do this would be to pick several different screw head and drive styles to install into the front panel. We also wanted them to be slightly larger than the other screws we've used thus far.

To that end, we took our 1/8" drill bit for wood and pre-drilled seven holes into the wood* and then drove the fasteners into the wood using their specific drives.

*Pro Tip: To avoid drilling through the pallet plank you are drilling into, mark the stopping point on the drill bit using painter's tape.

Step 4: Add Some Character

Now that we have our pallet key holder together, we thought it looked a little bit bare. To combat this we drew out a word on a piece of paper and used it as a stencil to drill some 3/16" holes into the top board. Then we removed the stencil and drove 3/4″ #6 Stainless Steel Phillips Flat Head Wood Screws into them.

Step 5: Hanging (Your Keys)

We still haven't decided on the best place to actually hang our key rack but in the mean time, we did hang some keys from it to make sure it worked. All in all this build is very simple and took us about 3 hours from start to finish. Let us know if you like it and please tell us all about your pallet key holder creations as well!

Be the First to Share

    Recommendations

    • Toys & Games Contest

      Toys & Games Contest
    • Furniture Contest

      Furniture Contest
    • Big vs Small Challenge

      Big vs Small Challenge

    7 Comments

    0
    3366carlos
    3366carlos

    3 years ago

    very nice

    0
    3366carlos
    3366carlos

    Reply 3 years ago

    somebody carries a bolt in the key chain
    what for?

    0
    AlbanyCountyFasteners
    AlbanyCountyFasteners

    Reply 3 years ago

    Sorry it took us so long to answer! We are a Fastener Distributor. One of our staff drilled a hole into one and wears it on their key chain. :)

    0
    DIY Hacks and How Tos

    Nice. I really like the rough industrial look that you created.

    0
    MillennialDIYer
    MillennialDIYer

    3 years ago

    Fractions, fractions everywhere! When will the US finally embrace metric fasteners!
    Nice projects BTW, something like this should be staple in any household.

    0
    fzumrk
    fzumrk

    Reply 3 years ago

    They used gauge number screws too. It's not all fractions. :)

    Now don't get me started on US nail sizes.

    0
    ClenseYourPallet
    ClenseYourPallet

    3 years ago

    Great pallet project. I really like all the different screw heads. Nice touch