Intro: Personalized Wooden Key Organizer
This is a key organizer I had made for myself. I was tired of being poked in the legs by my keys everyday and wanted to eliminate the jingle every time I went to open my house door. This project was made with scrap materials I had laying around. (Note: I didn't think to take pics as I was going but I will try to explain the process.)
Step 1: Step 1
Found piece of wood that measured 7/8" in width which was sufficient to house the keys. From this piece I cut two pieces at a length of 3 1/8".
Step 2: Step 2
Dug through a pile of miscellaneous screws and nuts to find a matching set of 2. After this the two wood pieces were placed together and holes were drilled 1/4" from each end.
Step 3: Step 3
A place to grab the keys was sanded out using a Dremel. And the holes on one piece of the wood(which will end up being the backside) were drilled half way through to allow me to countersink the nuts.
Step 4: Step 4
The wood was then engraved with the initials, sanded and polyurethaned and left to dry.
Step 5: Step 5
In the meantime I cut a piece of sheet metal (1/2" x 2 1/2) for the pocket clip. The piece was cleaned and polished using varies grits of sandpaper until a desired finish was accomplished. Edges were then rounded and shaped(dremel). Then an offset hole was drilled so that it would clear the "key pullout slot". Finally it was bent into the proper shape using a pair of pliers.
Step 6: Assembly
The screws were fed through the holes and then the keys started being placed. Washer,then key, then washer, then key and so on. Everything was then tightened to a point where the keys were firm but could still be pulled out with ease. (The screws I found were too long so I ended up grinding off the excess after it was tight.)
Step 7: Conclusion
This is the first instructable Ive made so I hope your were able to follow it through til the end. Hope you enjoyed viewing as much I enjoyed creating and sharing. Thanks for stopping by! PS: If you like this project please vote for it in the wood contest, it would be awesome to win some new tools!