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Build a Simple Guitar Hook

Show off your guitar and guitar picks with this quick-and-easy guitar hook. All it takes is one piece of lumber and a garage tool hanger.

finished guitar hook

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Hand saw or circular saw
  • Table saw (optional)
  • Tape measure
  • Square
  • Drill and countersink bit for #8 screws
  • Screwdriver
  • 120- and 180-grit sandpaper


  • 1x6x6 red oak board, #1053
  • Gray Slatwall Hook, #302675
  • 8 oz. Minwax ebony interior stain, #35742
  • Half-pint semi-gloss polyurethane, #45870
  • 4- 2" drywall screws, #111802
  • 2 Toggler drywall anchors, #169756

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Step 1

zoom of guitar hook

Cut two 1' sections from the red oak board. If you have a table saw, use it to create a pick holder on top of one board. Set the blade 3/8" high and adjust the saw fence to center a cut on the board edge. Then cut the edge along its length.

Step 2

On both boards, drill two countersunk mounting holes. (Holes that place the screws flush with the wood.) Position the holes so they are centered widthwise and 2" in from each end.

Step 3

Sand all the edges, ends, and faces of both boards using 120- and 180-grit sandpaper. Wipe them clean with a tack cloth. Apply stain. Add additional coats of stain to reach the desired color. Let stain dry completely between each coat. Brush on two coats of semi-gloss polyurethane and let dry.

Step 4

Mount the gray slatwall hook on the center of the board following the manufacturer's instructions. The prongs should form a U-shape to grip the guitar.

Step 5

Decide where the guitar hook should hang, level it on the wall, and mark the screw locations. (If possible, position one screw over a wall stud.) Install wall anchors as needed according to the manufacturer's instructions. Then mount the board to the wall using countersunk drywall screws.

Step 6


Hang a guitar from the hook to determine the placement of the bottom board. Remove the guitar and mount the baseboard the same as the top board.