Im allways looking for new ways to to distress wood.I was going for the old barnwood look.The nails are fake(another way to use those pesky nailheads).This project involves a table saw and a torch,please use common sense.The first pic was without stain.


table saw

brad nailer

drill & 1" 1/4 bit

small propane torch

miter saw (optional)



aprox 3' of wood,my wood was 5" 1/4.any width will work.

paint-red&gray. use cheap waterbased paint

water based polyurathane

stain-I used minwax walnut

Step 1: Get Your Wood

I made sure the pallet I used was heat treated,this one was pine and very clean.

Step 2: Cut Wood

Pretty basic bird house,grabbed the plans from the net.

cut list(see pics)

5" 1/2x3" 3/4 bottom

9"x4"1/2 roof

9"x5"1/4 roof

(2) 5"1/2x5"1/4 sides

(2)8"x5"1/4 front & back

Step 3: Cut the Shingles

Lay out your cuts and center the blade on each line.I set my blade height to 3/16th.

Step 4: Paint

Paint the house red & the roof gray

Step 5: Sand & Burn

Now the fun part.After the paint drys,sand untill the grain shows.After that use the torch,you may want to practice on a spare part first.Its a little tricky,you have to keep the torch moving.I did not burn the roof.

Step 6: Put It Toghter

Pretty basic from here.Drill the hole,I went up 4" from bottom.I used a dark stain to make the wood look aged.The nailheads are fake.The poly brings out the red.

any? hit me up

I may try this one, but i've been thinking of putting rubber car or door mat, over a thin plywood roof to make it more weather resistant for a long time. But i really like the way you burn to get the old look to the wood, thanks for the idea.
<p>Send me a pic.Spar varnish is another option for weather issues.</p>
<p>My mother's house just burned down Saturday night. I just might be able to get some wood the easy way!</p>
The distressing looks absolutely amazing!!
<p>Thanks,I like it also.Going to try it again on another project with different colored paint.</p>
Also, is it possible to do this with bamboo?
<p>Dont know,never came across a bamboo pallet.</p>
I think turquoise with that grey or purple with a dark grey/black would look awesome
Great looking bird house. The distressing looks really cool
<p>Thanks,give it a try.</p>

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Bio: I got hooked on pallet wood 2 years ago.Just find it very relaxing to make stuff in my woodshop.
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