Introduction: Backsplash From Reclaimed Pallets

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For this instructable, I am going to make a backsplash from old pallets. The key reason is to hide the unsightly washer hose and electric cords. The backsplash is made to be removable, so that I can easily get behind for service.

To see how I made this backsplash, check out the next step.

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Step 1: Picking Out the Pallets

You can find pallets almost anywhere.

For this project, I used various sizes of pallets, but mainly three different sizes.

Since I planed the pallets in my thickness plane, I separated the pallets by size.

You can use a hand-sander for this process, however it will be time-consuming.

(If you are not familiar with a thickness planer, it removes a layer from one side of your lumber.)

Step 2: Ripping the Pallets to Strips

Since there is not a straight side on the pallets. I passed the wood through the table saw to create a straight side.

Once I had at least one straight side, I 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 until it was all 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.

Then, I put stop block on the miter saw, so that every cut was identical at 9-inches long.

I gave an additional sanding on the ends to remote the wood blowouts.

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 plywood will be sufficient.

In my case, I added an additional piece to onside to push the back support off the wall to clear the washer hoes.

Step 5: Attaching the Pallets to the Back Support

To keep this sweet and simple I used hot glue to attach the pallets. Of course you can use any method of attaching that you feel is necessary and beneficial.

I wanted a stack stone look, I have three different sizes as a starting point.

First is 9-inch, second is 6-inch, third is 3-inch. Then I repeated the same method every third row.

When I got to the end, I mitered the corner to give it 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 instructions n on the container. I applied with a rag.

Danish oil -

Danish oil, unlike stain, sits in the wood. I only applied one coat, but feel free to apply as many as you like to darken.

Step 7: Installing

As previously stated, this backsplash is removable. So I make a simple wood bracket for one side to lock the backsplash in place.

On the other side, I used the french cleat method to attach. This part was added at a later date.