I bought some Ikea SKADIS boards for the tools in the IMDIB makerspace. The boards look nice and are not so expensive. I also added some SKADIS hooks. At the check-out I was shocked by the price of the hooks. Thinking about how to lasercut or 3D-print these hooks myself, I came up with a much easier way to make them from scrap pieces of installation wire.
The original Ikea hooks seem stronger, but my copper wire hooks are more than strong enough.
Step 1: You Will Need
- Electrical domestic installation wire (2,5 mm2 solid core copper)
- Thick piece of plank
- 1 M6 bolt
- Drill press
- Drill in the size of the nails and bolt.
- SKADIS board
- SKADIS hook (example)
Step 2: Draw the Hook
- Put the SKADIS hook on the piece of wood.
- Trace the hook with an Ikea pencil. (or an other pencil)
Step 3: Drill the Holes
- Drill the holes in the size of the nails in strategic places to bend the wire over.
- Drill a 6 mm hole to put the bolt in to bend the top curve over.
- Push the nails and the bolt in the holes.
Step 4: Bend the Hook
For a small SKADIS hook:
- Cut off 14 cm of wire.
- Put the wire in between the two nails at the begin of the top hook.
- Bend over the bolt.
- Through the nails for the second hook.
- Around the nail and back through the nails again.
- Down around the nails to make the bottom hook.
I used a dowel (or the back of a pencil) to push the wire where I want it to go.
Step 5: Remove the Hook
- Take (some) nails out of the board.
- Remove the hook from the board.
- Cut the beginning (and end) of the wire to length.
- Push it flat on a table.
Step 6: Fit and Place
- Fit the hook in the SKADIS board.
- Adjust if necessary.
- Put in the board and hang your stuff on it.
Step 7: More Hooks
Now it is time to design your own hooks, for different tools or just types of hooks that Ikea doesn't sell.