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A Rustic key holder

A few months ago I found a really neat rustic key holder on one of those “deal” websites and was totally bummed when it was sold out. I took a look at it and just knew I could make it as long as I could find the right hardware.

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*This post is sponsored by DLawless hardware, Pure Bond Plywood, and Ryobi Power Tools. Brands I use constantly and love.


I started with a piece of 3/4 inch Pure Bond Plywood. I didn’t have set dimensions in mind so I waited until I got the hardware to figure it all out. The label holders are about 3 ½ inches wide so leaving about 4 inches in each spot plus the trim on each side gave me a width of about 21 inches. Honestly, I just eyeballed the height to what seemed to look good (which in this case was about 8 inches).

I used my Ryobi table saw to cut the pieces out and then lowered the blade to make the grooves (it’s called a dado cut). I eyeballed it to make sure they were just  touch deeper than that first layer of plywood.

Saved by Scottie rustic key holder grooves

Once I had the grooves cut, I measured out the trim pieces and used my Ryobi sliding compound miter saw to cut the right length and angles. I laid it all out to make sure it all fit together properly, then used Shabby Paints ReVAX in a gray custom color mix (Black, White, and Sheer) to stain the raw wood (2 coats).

Saved by Scottie rustic key holder reVax stain
Saved by Scottie rustic key holder grooves and trim pieces
Saved by Scottie rustic key holder second coat stain

ReVAX dries really quickly so with thin coats, I was able to glue and brad nail the trim (with my favorite Ryobi AirStrike brad nailer) in minutes

Saved by Scottie rustic key holder assembled with Titebond and brad nailer


Next step was marking the holes for the file labels and hooks, pre-drilling the holes, and screwing everything on.

Saved by Scottie rustic key holder hardware attached


BOOM! It’s really that easy! Now we have a better place to store the keys then a jumbled up mess on the kitchen counter… or lost on the coffee table… or in a chair… or… well, you get the idea. It’s really easy to misplace keys around here.

Saved by Scottie rustic key holder complete
Saved by Scottie rustic key holder complete in place

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(Products have been provided to me by DLawless Hardware, Pure Bond plywood, and Ryobi Power Tools in exchange for sharing how I use them with you and I am so grateful. All opinions and experiences are my own, and always will be)

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  • Reply
    Renee Huepper
    March 16, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Love it Scottie! Wish I could hire you to make one for me!!

    • Reply
      March 16, 2017 at 5:35 PM

      Thank you Renee- I wish you were close enough to come up and make your own at the workshop!

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