Key Rack

This is a key rack made from a handful of old keys. I like reusing materials, so I took some scrap wood, the old keys and made this keyrack-made-from-old-keys.

Tools & Materials



How was this made?

1. Bending the keys

It started by clamping a key in a vice and slowly hammering until it bent into the shape of a hook. Keys can be brittle, especially if it’s cold where you’re working. I broke a few keys in the process. If I were to do this again, I might use a torch to heat the keys before hammering, which would make the keys more malleable and more likely to bend instead of break.

2. Burning the wood

With the soldiering iron with a thick tip, I burned the letters “Keys” and an outline onto the wood. It took a couple passes with the soldiering iron to make it appear as a stark line.

3. Assembling

Originally I was planning to use the holes that already exists in the keys to bolt the bent keys onto the wood. This didn’t turn out as well as I was hoping–The first version didn’t stay together very well. After some trial-and-error, I switched to using contact cement glue to adhere the keys to the wood. I was originally concerned that the glue wouldn’t be able to hold the weight of the keys, but it has held up alright.


The key rack was featured on MAKE magazine’s website after hitting the frontpage of reddit. The keys have been viewed somewhere around 70,000 times. I’ve also seen the photos pop up on DIY and craft blogs.

Can I buy one from you?

No, but you could make your own.

Project photos