How to Make Wooden Hangers. Wooden hangers can make laundry a lot easier. If you hang the garment on a wooden hanger, it holds shape much better than it would with a wire hanger. Though you can purchase wooden hangers, you can custom make your own hangers to suit your clothes if you have some woodworking ability.
Things You'll Need
- Wire coat hanger
- Butcher paper
- Measuring tool
- Straight edge
- 1-inch thick wood
- Jig saw
- Sandpaper of various grits
- 3/8-inch radius roundover bit with a bearing tip
- Wood stain
- Spray varnish or paint on varnish and paintbrush
- Brass or fancy screw in hook
Find a wire coat hanger and make a mark where the ends are on butcher paper. Measure the distance.
Get a compass and draw a circle that is the same radius as the line. Take the measurement from the first step and mark the distance on the circle as a chord. It should have a slight arch. Place the pencil of the compass 1-inch below the uppermost part of the arch and draw another arch directly below and connect at the side to the first.
Purchase a sheet of wood that is 1-inch thick. Cut out the template that you just made and draw it on the wood. Use a jigsaw to cut the design out of the wood.
Sand the piece smooth. Sand the upper edge slightly as it gets rounded. The bottom, front, and back should all be smooth.
Use a router to round the edge. Make certain that you use a radius roundover bit that is 3/8-inch and has a bearing tip. Make certain that the router is set slightly below the table level. Route half of the upper edge of the hanger at a time and flip it to do the other side. Round the entire upper part of the arch and down the side. The underside remains flat.
Apply course grit sand paper to sand the edges. As it becomes smoother and smoother, use finer grit. You don't want your clothes snagging.
Stain the wood and allow it to dry. Spray it or paint it with varnish. Let it dry and paint again. Attach a purchased screw hook to the top middle of the hanger.