Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fun with Chippy Wood and Door Knobs

It's been a while since I created one of these accessory/coat racks from old door knobs and chippy molding.  At one time I was known as The Door Knob Lady.  Yep, that's what they used to call me.  I made these by the dozens back in the days when vintage door knobs could be purchased just about anywhere for a few dollars each.  Rising prices, sawdust, and assembly line production got the best of me, but I still love using old door knobs in some of my projects.

I found some chippy white boards at the salvage yard a few weeks ago and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.  The best part is that they were the perfect length; I didn't even have to drag out my saw to cut them.

I held each door knob spindle in place with a vise while I cut them down to 1/2" with a hacksaw. (You can cut them longer depending on the thickness of your board).  Then I drilled a hole for each spindle using a 5/16" bit.  It's a tight fit which is what you want, but with a little twisting and shouting you really can fit a square peg in a round hole.  If you use a door knob that's lost its spindle, a wooden dowel is a good alternative.

I used 5 minute epoxy to glue the spindles in the holes.  I like 5 minute epoxy because it stays workable long enough to get all the knobs glued in, still leaving time to make sure they're all straight.

A little embellishment with part of an old drawer pull.


When I spotted this fabulous vintage shoe rack at the salvage yard, I knew it would be marrying one of the chippy boards I was carrying around.

A perfect match.

I know it's naked, but think of the possibilities!

How about a door knob board blast from the past.....
I can tell from my price tags that this picture was taken around 1995.  I used to buy my chippy wood at the same salvage yard back when it was a whole lot cheaper and much easier to find.  I still really like these, but what was I thinking with that pegboard display?  I made two sets
 of folding panels and never thought about how big, heavy, and awkward they'd be to carry around.  My back was much younger and happier then.

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