SKILL LEVEL intermediate
by Dremel ®
Let's Get Started
To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.
We will begin by cutting wood for the body of the hanger. We created our hanger out of cedar as it typically withstands weather conditions outdoors. Measure and mark a 1" x 4" wooden plank to 46" in length. Mount the SM500 Wood & Plastic Wheel in your Saw-Max tool. With your plank clamped, turn on your tool and cut along the marked line.
Trace the provided pot slot template onto the plank, flipping it to trace the template along the left and right sides as desired. We alternated the spacing of our slots, leaving at least 1' between slots located on the same side of the plank to provide room for each pot and plant. Our pots had a 5" height, 4" base diameter, 6" top diameter, and 1.5" lip height. Measure and mark a circle for a rope hole. We centered ours 1.5" below the top of the plank and gave it a 3/4" diameter. Optional: Draw top and bottom designs onto the plank. For our hanger, we brought the bottom of the design to a point by drawing lines from the bottom center of the plank to points marked 2" above the bottom of each side. Additionally, we beveled the top corners of our hanger design by measuring and connecting points 3/4" from the top and side of the plank for each corner.
Using a drill and 3/4" spade bit, bore out holes at the top and bottom of each pot slot silhouette traced on the plank. Then, bore out the circle drawn for the rope hole using the same drill and bit. Tip: Clamp your plank to waste lumber when boring holes to prevent blow-out from occurring.
Next, cut along the two traced lines that connect each oval pot slot to its respective side of the plank. This can be done using the Dremel Saw-Max tool equipped with the same SM500 wheel you used in step 1. Optional: If top and bottom details were added to the hanger design in Step 2, cut them out with the Saw-Max and SM500 at this time.
Mount the MM480 Wood Flush Cut Blade onto your MM30 tool. With your plank clamped, turn on your tool to a medium to high speed and cut vertically to connect each pair of bored slot holes. Tip: Let the speed of the tool do the work, not excess pressure. If you're noticing the blade is stuck mid-cut, back the tool out and plunge into your material again, working the tool side to side.
Finally, we will sand the plank to give it a finished look. Attach the MM14 Hook and Loop Pad and MM70W Sand Paper to your MM30 tool. Turn on your tool to a medium speed, working in light circular motions and sand the body and edges of the plank as desired.
Pull the rope through the cut hole. Tie a knot to secure the rope to the hanger. Finally, hang the piece and load your potted plants. Required rope length will vary based on your desired hanging height. We used 10' of rope for our hanger.