Introduction: The Florida Keys Rack
As a preface I worked for a year down at a Florida state park and wanted to have a holiday gift for everyone I work with. I had a 6' length of red oak lying around and some free time and decided to is that to make a little an ornament. After making my first Florida cut out I decided they should be should also include the keys.
Step 1: Florida Outline
I just googled Florida outline and then free handed it onto the wood.
(I cut up the original freehand, this is one of the traces outlines.)
Step 2: Cutting
I started at the pan handle and cut out the southern portion first. I then continued along the east side and finished with the Georgia line.
Step 3: Sanding
I just took a palm sander all over the piece.
Step 4: Oil/stain
I had some walnut oil on hand from a previous food safe project. I decided to just reuse that but an oil/stain will work. The difference is in appearance is instantly noticeable. I like to apply a second coat of oil after a day of drying.
Step 5: Adding Key Hook
I used a bit to pre-drill a hole for the hook. I then just screwed the hook in by hand.
If I had a router this step would be a tad bit more complicated and make the piece look much neater. However I don't own one so I just added another hook and called it a day.
Step 6: Hanging
Now it's time to find a nice place to hang your Florida keys rack.