Paneling From Pallets With Steampunk Accent.

Introduction: Paneling From Pallets With Steampunk Accent.

About: Hi, I'm another DIY fanatic, especially in the area of puzzles.

I make reclaimed paneling and flooring for a job. So I wanted to have some of this beautiful paneling in our house. Rustic paneling can be pretty expensive so why not use some of those old pallets that are always around. It is really easy and pallet boards are about the right size for paneling. I think that steampunk goes well with old wood, so some old chains and sprockets from junk bikes should be an easy and cheap way to do it.

Step 1: Get the Supplies

Paneling supplies

  • Old pallets. About 1/4 inch thick. Use old grey pallets but make sure the wood is firm.

Steampunk supplies

  • Bicycle cassettes
  • Bicycle chains

Tools needed

  • Pliers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pry bar or skill saw
  • Table saw
  • Chop saw
  • Finish nailer
  • Metal grinder Steampunk supplies

Step 2: Ripping Out the Boards and the Nails.

Pry the boards off carefully because they crack very easily. If you want it a bit easier you can saw them off with the skill saw although they would be shorter then.

Step 3: Ripping and End Cutting

Using the table saw I ripped them to about four inches wide. When you end cut you might want to leave the nail holes for a more rustic look.

You could also brush the boards if you want. I didn't think of was necessary for this project though.

Step 4: Installing

I'm putting this paneling on an old shed door. I used a finish nailer to nail them to the door frame.

Step 5: Getting the Steampunk Decor

Ok, now its time for the bicycle cassette and chain. Use a cassette removing tool if you have one. However, if you're like me and don't have one just use a grinder to grind off the ring holding the sprockets on. With some pliers break the chain and take it off.

Step 6: Preparing and Arranging the Sprockets

You might want to brush the chain and sprockets to get off any extra rust. Then start arranging them till you find a pattern that you would want to go with the paneling.

Step 7: Lettering

I put some lettering on the paneling as well. Twist some wires together then flatten them out with a hammer. Then you can cut and use them how you want. I used some old fashioned nails to make some of the letterings.

Step 8: Gluing and Fastening

I used a little bit of hot glue to hold it in place. Then I used an electric finish nailer to put in nails half-way. I then bent the nails over the sprockets and lettering as shown in the picture above.

Step 9: Admire!

I put some of this paneling on the stairs too!

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