Introduction: Backsplash From Reclaimed Pallets
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For this instructable im gong to make a backsplash from old pallets.
The key reason is to hide the unsightly washer hose and electric cords.
The back splash is made to be removable so I can easily get behind for service.
To find out how I made this check out the next step.
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Step 1: Picking Out the Pallets
You can pretty much find pallets anywhere there is a business.
For this project I use various size of pallets, mainly three different side.
Since I planed the pallets in my thickness plane I separated the pallets by size.
You can totally use a hand sander for this process. Its just time consuming.
If your not sure what a thickness planer do. The thickness planer remove a layer from one side of your lumber.
Step 2: Ripping the Pallets to Strips
Since there is not straight side on the pallets. I passed the wood through the table saw to create a straight side .
Now that I have at least one straight side I can began to rip the strips.
I set the table saw fence 1.5 inches from the blade and began the ripping process. I did this till all was ripped to size.
Step 3: Final Cut
I cut off a small piece of wood from the end to make sure the end was straight.
I put stop block on the miter saw, so every cut will identical at 9 inches.
I gave an additional sanding on the ends to remote the wood blow outs.
Step 4: Cutting the Back Support
Since my backslash is removable. I used 1/2 inch plywood.
If you wanted to install this permanently 1/4 ply will be fine.
In my case I added an additional piece to onside to push the backsupport off the wall to clear the washer hoes.
Step 5: Attaching the Pallets to the Back Support
To keep this sweet an simple I used hot glue to attach the pallets. Of course you can use any method of attaching you feel is necessary.
I wanted a stack stone look, I have three different size as a starting point.
First is 9 inch, second 6 is inch, third is inch. Then repeat the same method every third row.
When I got to the end, I mitered the corner to give a clean wrapped look.
Step 6: Adding the Finish
I gave a quick sand to remove the sharp corners.
I use danish oil for the backsplash. Just follow the instrucation on the container. I applied with a rag.
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Danish oil unlike stain sits in the wood. I only applied one coat but apply as many as you like to darken.
Step 7: Installing
As stated before before this backsplash is removable. So I make a simple wood bracket for one side to lock the back splash in place.
On the other side I used the french cleat method to attach. This part was added at a later date.