Intro: Towel Hooks Out of Pallet and Broomstick Wood
Last week I received an order of 3 hooks for shower towels.
At first I didn't know how to begin because, when we think of hooks, we imagine something with a J shape attached to the wall, right? But, after trying to cut the recycled wood on the J shape, I realized that it did not have the strength it was supposed to and also that I was thinking quite limited at that time.
So I decided to stop it all, and just observe the wood that I had laying in my shop and think.
And then I saw the broomstick sticks in several diameters. And the hooks just showed up on my mind.
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Gather your simple materials and tools:
- 1 Scrap of pallet wood, approximately 15 cm x 20 cm
- 1 stick of regular broomstick
- 1 stick of thicker broomstick
- Any type of saw (jig saw, handsaw, circular saw ...)
- Sandpaper 80 and 220 grit
- Small drill bit
- Wood glue
- Finish oil
Step 1: Cutting
Use the saw that you chose to cut the scrap of pallet wood in 3, trying to divide it in approximately equal sizes. I used a Jig Saw for all my cuts.
For the broomsticks, feel free to cut them the length that you want.
I used 3 cm on the regular broomstick stick, and 1.5 cm on the thicker one.
Step 2: Sanding
After you cut all the pieces, sand them with the 80 and then the 220 grit sandpaper, trying to give the pallet wood a round look to stick to the round look of the other parts.
Step 3: Drilling Holes and Gluing
Drill the pallet wood all the way to the other side, and the broomstick stick one third of the way.
You can choose where you what the hook to be. There's no exact science here. I drilled mine about 2 cm down to top.
For the thicker stick, drill in the middle all the way through.
Use the wood glue and screws to stick pieces togheter.
Step 4: Test Fit
Test fit everything and see if it will do the job that it's supposed to, before adding the finish to it.
Step 5: Finish
Finish it with a coat of oil.
Spread it with your finger, towel, spunge, whatever you want really.
And remove the excess with a dry rag.
As you can see, they turn out to be very beautiful, and resistent. And I bet they would give really nice gifts.