Playing with design - Rack/Key Holder

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Project by woodworm posted 12-06-2010 02:36 PM 4791 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First thing in my head when I started this project was a key holder. So as not to waste expensive wood, I grabbed any available off-cuts. Without any blueprint to follow, I just cut the 1-3/4”W X1/2”T wood to 3 lengths and the final thickness is less than 3/8”. Then I started thinking what shape/design to build and most of the curves I made after the first dry-fit.

Again without any plan what finish to use, I started to stain it. I used Red Mahogany water-based aniline just to get multicolor wood more or less same color. After leaving this project for almost a week, I applied 3 layers of Danish Oil, hand-buffed it.

Dimension : 12-1/2”Wide x 8-3/4”High x 1-1/2”Deep.

Any comments/critics from all aspects are most welcomed!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#1 posted 12-06-2010 02:53 PM

I like this! Looks like Federal style to me. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 12-06-2010 03:14 PM

I think this turned out great. The color looks consistent. I think I see an oriental influence, here.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 12-06-2010 03:18 PM

i’d say you did great on both counts

the design is very smoth
and appealing

the finish well done

do you have big hand’s
or small furniture

it looks like about 1ft wide
in your hand

and 2ft wide
against the table

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 12-06-2010 03:47 PM

I think it looks great. I like the design, the wood, and the finish and think that you have done a good job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 12-06-2010 04:01 PM

Its gorgeous! Neat, original, functional design,beautiful wood and nicely finished.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 12-06-2010 07:03 PM

Thanks everyone.
CharlieL; it is actually rack for just anything that may fit in; mobile phone, ointment bottle like analgesic cream and also cigarette box & lighter. I will hang it on my new garage shop. There are actually 3 brass hooks at the bottom of the rack (hardly visible in the 1st pic) for hanging keys.

Yes CharlieL, the crown is too wide – I agree with you. I did figure it out how to shorten it without distorting the the wings’ shape but, I was a bit reluctant to do that. Thanks friend, maybe I would be more careful in the next one.

I’m not really satisfied with the finish though. It’s a bit blotchy – I’m not sure Oil finish AND water based stain can/cannot go together.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 12-08-2010 03:13 AM

I like the design elements here. It works!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#8 posted 12-10-2010 07:03 PM


I have been wanting to respond to your post but my computer crashed and it has taken me awhile to get things back together. I am always fascinated by how various practical issues are solved in different ways in different parts of the world. I like your project and appreciate that you used what you had to work with. I’m also always interested what is in photos that give insight to the people that made them. You have a beautiful home. There are some very nice pieces of furniture shown in your photos. Looks very “gown-up. You must not have small children around. Ha ha! It is easy to be critical of another’s design. I’m a terrible designer but I hate to work from prepared plans. I like working from my own ideas. Finish is another matter. I know very little about water based stains and finishes but this seems to be the trend, with going green and lowering VOCs. I’m sure it’s healthier all the way around but it is hard for me to give up the oil based products.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 12-18-2010 08:03 AM

Hi there Masrol, it has been a while since I’ve come across any of Your postings. Your latest project is a unique and interesting design and the fact that You just kind of winged it is awesome ! The over all look of your key holder is very classic looking and Your finishing technique is spot on. It gives it a warm appealing feel to the piece,looks great ! Well hope things are going well for You and hope to see more of Your projects in the future,Thanks for the look and be safe. ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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