Key/Mask Holder

 

This DIY Wall Key Holder Using Wood and Epoxy is a fun and rewarding project. The idea behind this keyholder is to make it quirky and colorful, so it was more like art on the wall than a utilitarian key hanger.

Directions

1. Cut the Wood

I used a miter saw to cut the hexagons. We explain exactly how to do this in the video above. The process is straightforward and needs only a couple of measurements to set up before you can cut all the hexagons.

Miter saw

For the large board, I used a 1x10 board cut at 20".

2. Embed magnets

Using a Forstner bit that matches the magnet's size, make holes about three-fourth way deep in the hexagons.

Hole for magnet

3. Prepare for burning

Sand all the surfaces with 150 grit to get it ready for Shou Sugi Ban. Set it up on a non-flammable surface away from anything that can catch fire easily. We set up on my concrete driveway.

4. Torch the wood

Using the Bernzomatic BZ4500HS Heat Shrink Torch and the Bernzomatic propane tank, torch each piece of wood.

Torched wood

Torch the various pieces to varying degrees to get an ombre look – We went over a few one time, some a couple of times, and some 4-5 times till they were nice and dark.

Torching wood

Also, make sure to torch all sides of the hexagon pieces and the board.

Tip – Keep the Torch moving slowly across the surface for a uniform look.

5. Add the Magnets

Adding magnets

6. Put everything together

Arrange the hexagons in the pattern you like and glue them down using wood glue.

Gluing

We staggered them and made sure that the wood grain for each was oriented in various directions.

7. Epoxy pour

Prep the boards by covering the bottom edge and all the hexagons with masking tape.

Mix up epoxy with black, pink, orange, and gold pigments and poured them one by one to create a gradient pattern. Ending in a clear epoxy pour.

Pouring epoxy

Give the bubbles a couple of minutes to rise and use a Bernzomatic detail torch for popping them.

Popping bubbles with torch

Once the epoxy is cured, remove all the masking tape. The tape easily lifts away any stray epoxy drops. Make holes and attach hooks. Add hangers at the back and hang it up on the wall!

Completed key and mask holder

It is beautiful and extremely functional with the hooks for the keys (or masks) and the magnetic tiles.

What You'll Need


BZ4500HS

Wide Surface Torch

BZ4500HS
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ST2200T

Maker Precision Torch

ST2200T
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BF56

5.6 oz. Butane Cylinder

BF56
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TX9

14.1 oz. Propane Hand Torch Cylinder

TX9
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423678

Fuel Gauge

423678
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Materials

  • Wood boards 1 1x10 and 1 1x3 board
  • Epoxy
  • Epoxy pigments
  • Rare earth magnets
  • Strong adhesive
  • Wood glue
  • Masking tape
  • Clear sealer

Tools

  • Miter Saw
  • Sanding sponge
  • Tack cloth
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