I came up with the project I am going to show you today in an effort to make the time that Kara and I get to spend together as positive as possible. Being the artist that she is, she has a propensity to forget where she puts things. She can never find her keys. So I used some pieces I had left over from a remodeling project to create this!
Well you might be thinking, "Bring back Kara, I don't even know what that thing is and it is ugly."
What about now, is that any better?
The wood that I used is from an old door jamb, but anything you have would work and if you don't have unused deadbolt locks and door knobs laying around you could check your local Habitat for Humanity Restore.
I mitered the ends of mine, because when I cut my weathered piece it exposed fresh wood and it just didn't look right. However if you are using a new piece or plan on staining it this might not be an issue for you.
I laid out my pieces in a playful pattern then marked where I need my holes. I set the depth of my router and removed enough wood so the knobs could sit flush.
Last I drilled some holes so I could attach them with screws and there you have it.
Most residential knobs and locks will accommodate most residential keys, but if not just get a blank key that fits your knob and add it to your key ring. This way you will always know where your keys are and you can unlock a happy relationship.
There are some other ways you could make this work but a router makes it significantly easier. I know a router was one of the most intimidating tools that I have learned to use. How many you all have a router or ever used one? Who would like learn?