Not long ago I was given a piece of stick picked up from the beach (or from near a river? I can’t remember) and was told “you who have a DIY blog, put it to good use” (just like that). As a wooden stick alone does not allow for much, I had to make a small collect of materials to make the first project that came to my mind, which as the title of this post says was to make a rustic holder for costume jewelry and necklaces.
So one day walking on the beach I picked up a couple of pieces of branches (the two simplest pieces you can see in the photos. The more twisted one is the one I was given) and in the garage I recovered a piece of old baseboard that I can’t tell if it is chestnut or oak (yes, that’s my level of professionalism as a carpenter, I can’t distinguish between some types of woods).
With the jig for cutting at 90 degrees with the circular saw (in case you are not a follower of the blog, you can see how to make this jig in this woodworking blog) I cut the piece of baseboard to have a piece 31cm long by 9cm wide. And with the plunge router and a cheap ogee router bit, I make a molding all around. Some work with the sandpaper and I already have a perfect board that will be the base for the rustic holder for custom jewelry and necklaces.
I wanted to give some color on the molding of this rustic wall hanger, and not just varnish, so with a small ball of threads (thread that you can buy in DIY centers, or like the one you see the mechanic use to clean the grease) I rubbed some blue dye on the molding. I do this without worrying if I go a little on the face of the board, because once the dye is dry I can use a wooden block with sandpaper wrapped around it to sand the paint that was on the outside of the molding. In this way, the table that serves as the base for this DIY custom jewelry holder is perfectly delimited with that nice blue frame.
I use the disk sander to round a little the tip of the branches. And I also use it to leave the widest part of the branches flat, because that part will be the one that joins the wooden base. For that joint I use some white carpenter’s glue and a screw. Then, I have to drill pilot holes in the board and in the branches. These screws must have more or less the inclination that I want to give to the branches, so that the screws enter the branches enough to support weight, but without coming out on one side of the branches.
In the video you can see in detail how to make this wall custom jewelry holder. As you will watch in the video I forgot to put in the hooks to hang the DIY jewelry holder on the wall, so I had to make the slots with the branches already in place once the glue was dry. In the end it was not too much of a problem and soon I was able to varnish the DIY necklaces holder with a colorless satin spray varnish.