How to Make a Wooden Key Holder

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This is a very simple wooden key holder a DIY home project.

So let's start by telling you what you need, all of this materials you can find them at a hardware store.

  • Pine Wood 3 3/8 X 8 3/4 inch
  • Metal Hooks with Screws
  • Metal hangers with nails
  • Hand Saw or a Band Saw
  • Combination Square
  • Sponge Brush
  • Sanding Paper
  • Wood Stain (Any color you prefer)
  • Shellac
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill and a drill bit (depending on the size of the hook you have chosen)
  • Ruler
  • Masking Tape
  • Marking Pen

The process is very simple first, you start by measuring the wood using your combination square so 3 3/8 X 8 3/4 Inches. Once that is done you will need to cut the wood with your handsaw or in my case I've used a Band Saw. The next step is to sand by hand the wood until it has a smooth finished, apply wood stain with a foam brush let it dry and then after that sand it again if you would like to give it more like a distressed look. I did add Shellac to add a finished coat to the project.

Now adding the hardware, take a ruler and measure even spaces between them, you can hold down your ruler with masking tape for better accuracy. Once that is done you will do the same in the back to place the wall hangers. A great tip I can give you to hold down this small nails is to use pliers. Just watch the video you can see step by step all I have explained here. Have fun!

Supplies:

Step 1: Measuring

The process is very simple first, you start by measuring the wood using your combination square so 3 3/8 X 8 3/4 Inches.

Step 2: Cutting the Wood

Once that is done you will need to cut the wood with your hand saw or in my case I've used a Band Saw.

Step 3: Sanding

The next step is to sand by hand the wood until it has a smooth finished, I've use medium sand paper.

Step 4: Staining the Wood

I've use would stain to give color to this peace. I've supported my wood into plastic cones that will maintain my piece lifted from the surface of my work bench and ready to be stained with out messing it up. Apply wood stain slowy with a foam brush in a uniform way and let it dry for about one hour.

Step 5: Sanding to Distress

At this point after the stain is completely dry sand again the wood with a medium sand paper and go for a distress look, the more you sand the natural color of the wood will show.

Step 6: Adding Shellac

This is my favorite part, with a foam brush you will add a thin layer of Shellac to the piece and now you will see how the wood starts to look very nice and smooth. This will protect the wood from the elements and aging and plus it gives a stunning look.

Step 7: Attaching the Hardware

Saw tooth hangers are the most common type of frame hardware. I've chosen this type cause they are flat and perfect for this project. Just place them in each corner and with some pliers hold down the small nail so you don't hurt your hand, then hammer it down.

Step 8: Adding the Hooks

This will be the final step for this project. You will need to tape down a ruler or you can just measure and mark where you want the hooks to be. Then with a drill and a small drill bit you will make a hole for the screws that you mark down, being very careful not to go too deep with the drill other wise you will end making a whole all the way through and that is not what you want. After making all your holes you are ready to use a screw driver and your small screws to tighten up the hooks and the project is complete.

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