Whether you’re making something for your own home or as a gift for someone else, if your finished woodwork goes on a wall it needs the correct hooks. As a beginner in making woodwork items, I’ve experimented with various hooks and hook-like items, with some working well, and others leaving a dent in the floor where I’ve underestimated the weight of my woodwork. I hope some of this is useful to you happy hookers everywhere…
Sawtooth Hangers : come in various sizes and will hold substantial weight, although your wall hanging will not sit completely flush with the wall. This may not be important if you have a simple wall hangingUse two for larger or longer pieces.
These mirror plate hooks I find are the best by far. They are robust, allow for easy hanging and sit completely flush against the wall. The only downside is that you can see them peeking over your wall-hanging if you are using them without drilling a key-hole in the back of your piece with a router. I don’t have a router (yet!) but I don’t feel that the hook being visible affects the piece. Just make sure it’s the same colour as the accessories you are using, (eg., silver or brass).
Of course, depending on the thickness of the wood, you can simply drill a hole into the back of the piece, being careful not to take it all the way through to the front. This is probably the most simple way of hanging, but not the most stable. If the wood is not thick enough to take at least 3/4 of the length of the nail (and the nail must be a decent length), it will fall off each time someone slams a door. This I know from experience 🙂 It’s also not the most professional hanging option if your item is going to someone else.
If you do have a really thick piece of wood, all is not lost if you’re still looking to create a hole. By using a spade bit, the depth of the wood can be reduced to whatever you need it to be. This is also useful if you are attaching small knobs or other items which require a nut on the other side; a spade bit will create an indent in the back side of the wood, deep enough to allow the nut to screw into the wood and leave the back flush.
As long as the load is not too heavy, you can also use twine or picture wire (or any other similar, strong wire). However, do remember that the stress points are exaggerated at the areas where the twine connects with the piece and where it connects with the wall (eg., the nail). The longer the twine, the greater the stress. Use eye-hooks at either side of your piece, or thread the twine through holes in the wood for a more stable fixing.
Of course, you will want to experiment with different fixings yourself; the types of hooks and fixings are endless. However, these are just a few of the key ones which I use and which are cheap, simple to use and easy to find.