What inspired me?
Pallets. What can't you build with them? Well, more importantly what can you build with them. These bundles of scrap wood can be seen as an eye sore, however, I believe with a little cleaning up, they can be beautiful. I have seen a design much like this. I don't claim to have designed it. However, I wanted to try and make one myself. This is how I did it.
What will you need?
-Pallet length (basic size is 30mm by 70m)
-jig saw or band saw
-2X pallet nail
-hammer or just use these same pliers
Step 1: Step 1 - Marking and Shaping
First, I took my time to sort through the giant collection of pallet wood I had found over the past week and chose a slab that I liked. This slab was very clean and had a great tint to it. So, I grabbed it and marker on the general shape I wanted. I didn't pay much attention to this because it is easy to change by adding curves. Anyway, I grabbed the jig saw and cut out the shape. I decided to go quite slow to reduce tare out but this didn't work.
Step 2: Step 2 - Sanding
I used my Sanders to eliminate all cut marks from the surface but I still wanted that rugged, old, rustic look from the pallet, so I used a rough grit just to get rid of the burs. I then used my palm sander to clean off the faces and then I used a rag to just dust off the excess dust.
Step 3: Step 3 - Adding the Nail
The last step was to add the actual nail. Originally, I wanted to use a screw as this would look better and be slot more practical. However, I later decided to follow on the rustic theme, so I grabbed a bunch of the nails from the pallet that I had saved abs chose one that was straight and looked the best. Using a pair of pliers, I cut the head of a different nail and stuck it in to my drill. I then used it to make a hole where I wanted it to sit. I then placed the chosen nail in the hole and used a hammer to force it into place. I then again used the pliers to bend the nail around. However, you could use a hammer to do this.
Step 4: Finished
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