This DIY wall hanger is made out of a few easy to get pieces of wood and can make a plain wall into a storage space for keys, awards, hats, jackets, or anything else you can think of hanging. It should also cost less than $20 to make.
Step 1: Step 1: Gather Materials
For this certain wall hanger you will need a slab of wood that has dimensions similar to 18 inches long, 3 inches wide, and 3/4 inches thick. Along with this you will need a wooden dowel 3/4 inches thick and at least 15 inches long, I would recommend longer just in case you mess up or want your pegs to be longer. Additional tools that will need to be used include: sandpaper, a pencil, an eraser, ruler, bandsaw, drill press, 3/4 inch drill bit, wood glue or any type of strong glue, a paintbrush, gloves, a mask, safety glasses, and lastly wood stain of your preferred color.
Step 2: Step 2: Sand the Wood
Lay out the base piece of the hanger on a working surface and sand the wood going along the grain. I suggest doing it until the wood becomes smooth, it will take different amounts of time depending on the type of wood being used. Sanding will make the wood look better, smoother, and help in the staining process.
Step 3: Step 3: Cut the Dowel
Measure out 3 inch increments on the dowel and go to 15 inches, making a total of 5 smaller dowels. Use the band saw to cut along the lines. If you don't know how to use a bandsaw watch a territorial online or have someone who knows how help and show you how to be safe around the equipment. ALWAYS WEAR SAFETY GLASSES!!! Then make sure to sand the ends to add a smoother finish.
Step 4: Step 4: Measure Twice Cut Once
Since your wood slab should be 3 inches long draw a line down the middle of the wood using a ruler. this should split the wood into two halves that are each 1.5 inches wide. Then length wise draw dashes every three inches like seen in the above photo, you can write other info on the board if it helps you measure out the lengths. In the end you should have five dashes exactly in the middle of the wood slab.
Step 5: Step 5: Time to Drill
Get your 3/4 inch drill bit and put it into the drill press. Put the drill bit at the intersection of your middle line and your vertical dashes this should make a perfect hole in the center of the wood. ONLY DRILL PART OF THE WAY INTO THE WOOD, if you completely drill through the wood, the dowels will not fit properly. You should be drilling a total of 5 holes, about half way to 3/4 the way into the wood. Once you're done drilling the holes go ahead and erase the extra pencil marks left on the wood. Also remember to ALWAYS WEAR SAFETY GLASSES!!! and if you don't know how to use the drill press watch a territorial online or ask someone who knows how to operate it safely to help.
Step 6: Step 6: Personalize
If you are very artistic and like to paint, go ahead and paint a cool design on the wood. If you want to match your walls or a theme in a certain room paint it that certain color or pattern. Or you can just stain it! It is your wooden hanger decorate as you please. If you decide to stain it, evenly apply coats of the stain with a paint brush letting it dry before you flip the wood over. When doing this make sure to wear gloves and a mask, if possible do outside or under a fume hood. You can do as many coats as you like, to get to that specific color you may be looking for. The dowels can also be stained and are done in the same way of going with the grain and letting each side dry before flipping it over.
Step 7: Step 7: Glue
Get some super glue or any other strong wood glue and put a dab on both the bottom of the dowel and the hole in the wood plank. Let dry for 10-15 min and then you will have a finished wood wall hanger.