If you're diggin' this Instructable, please check out this one I worked on with a good group of knuckleheads (we built a full-scale vintage WW2-era town and then blew it up all to heck). I sometimes get called on to make film props look vintage and aged and so forth; if anyone has examples of how they make things look worn and beat up I'd love to hear about it (I'm always trying to find new ways to make things look old!!!). Please post links to your Instructables in the comments section. Mucho mucho!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Old barnboard (I cut one 8' piece in half and used the offcuts to make little gusset brackets)
- Nuts and bolts (to secure the metal to the wood)
- an 8' length of steel flatbar
- railroad spikes (I found mine on the ground along some tracks near my shop)
- crown staples (long enough to go through the thickness of your boards)
- shellac (I used concrete sealer but shellac would prolly be better)
- Compressor and crown stapler
- angle grinder with wire cup
- hand saw
- metal chop saw
- ninja stars (just seeing if you're paying attention)
Step 2: Build It!
Step 3: Finish It!
Next I welded the spikes on the bar, leaving about six and 3/4 inches between each spike. I discovered that between my poor welding and the contorted shapes of the spikes they didn't uniformly protrude from the bar. It's ok, it's a "vintage" piece, this just helps with the aesthetic.
The final step was simply to bolt the bar to the barnboard shelf. Oh, and to coat the whole thing (to keep rust and board dust from getting on my coats and hats). I had concrete sealer in the shop but I would probably suggest using shellac or varnish. Anyway, I think it turned out alright.
One note! Make sure to screw it directly into studs because of the weight when all the coats start getting added to it. Also, it makes sense to screw through the metal bar into the studs, just to add extra support.
And that's it!! Cheers,