DIY Door Wedge with Anna Bode 3

DIY Leather 
Door Wedge

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • A piece of wood, about 1.5″ wide 
 & 6.5″ long
  • White paint (preferably high gloss)
  • Minwax Polycrylic (again, gloss)
  • Whatever kind of saw you have on hand
  • Drill
  • Leather strip, about .5″ wide & 5″ long
  • #6 brass finishing washer
  • #6 3/4 in. brass phillips flat head 
 wood screw
  • Sander or sandpaper
  • Paintbrushes, pencil, ruler

First, use your pencil and ruler to draw a straight line diagonally across the wood.

Saw along the line and sand to a smooth finish. Here’s a tip: if you have a longer length of wood, it’s easier to mark the 6.5″ length and saw the diagonal line before cutting it off the larger piece. Otherwise, you might need a clamp so you don’t saw your fingers off.

Use the ruler to mark off a section at the bottom of the wedge and paint it white. Then use the polycrylic to coat the unpainted wood. Do NOT use the polycrylic on the white paint — it will yellow it.

Take your leather strip and fold it in half, so that the two ends meet. Using the other scrap half of your wood as a base, drill a small hole through the center of the two ends. This just gives you a nice little place to put your screw.

Place your washer over the screw, and attach the new leather handle into the back of the wedge with the drill.

Now admire your handiwork.