Friday, July 13, 2012

Old Yardsticks and Rusty Hooks

I put together another batch of hook boards from my stash of vintage yardsticks and shared them on Thursday at Knick of Time for Angie's one year blog anniversary party.  I started making these a few years ago from all my hoarded yardsticks and rusty old hooks.  You can see the other versions here and here.

 "You Never Had It So Wood"
Some of these old advertisements are just too funny.

The boards were cut from some scrap lumber I already had and then lightly stained to darken the ends and sides.  The yardstick pieces are really easy to cut by hand using a coping saw or any small hand saw.

I like to round off the edges of the boards and yardstick pieces with some sandpaper so they don't have that fresh cut look to them.

The chippy old hooks were sprayed with two coats of matte acrylic sealer prior to screwing them into the boards. Always pre-drill a hole to avoid splitting the thin yardstick wood.

I keep the placement of the advertising in mind when I'm cutting the yardsticks.  

I glued down the yardsticks to the boards with wood glue and then used a few small nails just to make sure everything stays in place.  To bring out more detail in the yardsticks, I wipe a coat of Howard Restor-A-Finish on the boards before I attach the hooks.  A few saw tooth hangers on the back and they're ready for hanging. 

There's still time to check out the action and giveaways at Knick of Time for Angie's one year blog anniversary party.

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  1. Beautiful, Betsy. I love the patina and graphics on old yardsticks. You have great variations in design. I made a huge one years ago that I'm still kicking myself for selling.

  2. These are super cool and would look great in just about any home! Love'm. love'm!

  3. I love your clever idea Betsy!
    They are so cute!!

  4. Love your yardstick projects. They have so much character. The hooks you chose are perfect.


  5. Love your Yardstick Boards. I wish I'd kept some of the Old Yardsticks my Dad had, he used to get them as a Promo Gift every time he went to the Hardware Stores back in the day... he had a cool Collection.

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  6. You do a great job on them. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  7. Fantabulous! You were the first person who "turned me on" to using old yardsticks for other things. When I think of all the yardsticks we had when I was growing up.....I recently saw some at a street fair and they wanted $3.00 per yardstick. Is that considered a good price in your neck of the woods? Seemed a bit steep to me. I absolutely love these hangars, great job.

  8. Love your yardstick boards!!
    I picked up the supplies to make myself one. Thanks for sharing how you made them.

  9. What an awesome idea. I'm thinking that would make a great gift for men who are so hard to make things for. Oh, and the photos of your trip were beautiful, such wonderful scenery. Glad you had good time.

  10. I just love these Betsy! Thank you for such a great tutorial!! Last time I was at the Sacto flea I noticed the hardware guy was getting low on those hooks . . . I love them too!!!!


  11. These are so wonderful, the graphic feeling and great vintage patina!

  12. these are terrific!
    will you be putting them on etsy?

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  14. My first time in your blog, and I'm going to look around some more. Those hooks are GREAT! Love them! Patsy from

  15. I have been collecting yard sticks to do a table top. what a great idea for the left over pieces. thank so much for sharing this idea. they are so cute

  16. Betsy,
    These are so neat and perfect for any home or office.


  17. I agree.. they are cute, cool and unique Betsy. More than participating in those wonderful exhibits and fairs, I think you are capable to teach and share your talents too Betsy.

  18. Betsy, I'm so glad you stopped by. Thanks for taking the time to check out my story about my Aunt Vernie. I'm always happy to know you've visited. I came back and saw this post I missed. I'm so glad I found it because I just bought a bunch of yardsticks and hadn't figured out what to do with them. I love this idea because it's practical and intriguing. I love the tip about sanding the edges. Thanks for sharing your great ideas. You are so clever!

  19. Betsy you make the greatest things! Love these! Hugs, Linda

  20. Love!!! I was going to buy some old yard sticks at a yard sale today but didnt know.what i with them! I am going to go buy them tomorrow (as long as no one else did first!)


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