Monday, March 5, 2012

Rock On! Nature's DIY Hook

"Money doesn't grow on Trees" says my mom.  Really mom?  She's right though and that little phrase has taught me, not to be wasteful with the all mighty dollar.  And that you can always find a way to have something even if it's not in your price range.

For some reason I get these high end decorating catalogs.  You know, the kind that sell expensive candles, or chauch-keys for hundreds.

They had this hook made with a piece of wood, a rock and two pieces of pipe attaching the rock to the wood, for only $75.00 each! Wow, what a steal...not

But I liked their look and thought it would be fun to make a couple.  So a walk to the nearest park with a stream, resulted in some good size rocks, a scrap of a 1' x 4', a piece of metal tube, some glue and a couple hours, presto my version of the high end hook! 

My cost, a couple bucks.

You're right mom, money doesn't grow on trees, and if I had a dollar for every time I heard that..... 

Whatcha need:
One 11/32” x .014 copper tube
Masonry drill bit, 5/16”
Scrap piece of  1” x 6”
Wood drill bit, 5/16”
5 minute Epoxy glue
Sand paper, 150 grit
Mini Tubing Cutter 

How To:

  1. Measure and cut a piece of wood three inches wide and sand the edges.
  2. Measure and cut with the mini tubing cutter, two pieces of tube 1 ½” long.
  3. Using the masonry bit drill two holes, one inch apart from each other lengthwise, into the rock.
  4. Glue one piece of tube into one hole.  Repeat and let dry.
  5.  Place the wood piece under the rock smooth side up so the tubing pieces are facing downward and touching the wood.
  6. Center the rock over the piece of wood and press hard so the tubing will create an imprint onto the wood.  This will determine where you will need to drill two holes.
  7. Using the wood drill, drill two holes into the wood.  Turn the piece upside down and drill one more hole near the center top of the wood.  This is where the nail will insert when you hang the rock up on the wall.
  8. Glue the remaining ends of the tubing into the wood and let dry.
  9. Hang the hook up on the wall. 


crafty1 said...

but Shannon, how to do it??

Shannon Quimby said...

Hey, someone is reading my blog! Woo Hoo, I love it! I have attached the supplies and how to for you!

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