What inspired me?
Like any good idea, this one is pretty basic and has a lot of potential. I believe that if you are to make something rustic, why not go all of the way. This project incorporated reclaimed pallet wood alongside the use of nuts and bolts. Enjoy.
What will you need?
-Pallet Wood (I used 100mm by 80mm by 20mm)
-Two M10 Bolts
-9mm drill bit
-pillar drill or hand drill
-jig saw or any other good wood saw.
Step 1: Step 1 - Cutting to Size
I already had a few pieces of wood in my scrap box and decided put it to some good use. I used a tri square to draw a rectangle on the piece that was exactly 100mm by 80. I used a jig saw to get the piece to a rough shape and then used the threat saw to get it very close before moving on to the belt sander to get the exact size. A belt sander is a great little tool to have at the shop as it ensures very clean sanding and with the ability to change the angle of the bed, it allows the user to get very accurate edges.
Step 2: Step 3 - Adding a Bevel and Sanding
The next step was to somehow create a 20 degree angle at the base of the design. This was so that the phone holder was leaning back to ensure that the phone would not fall of the stand whilst in use. I decided upon the 20 degree angle as it wasn’t too steep and didn’t make the design look odd. I wasn’t 100 percent sure on the best way to do this. So, I decided to use the belt sander. The belt sander removed a lot of material without making the surface look rough. Also, there were no burns on the edges of surface. The sander also ensures a flat surface.
Step 3: Step 3 - Drilling
I then had to work out where to place the two bolts of the legs. I decided to draw a line parallel to the bottom 20m above. I the marked 10mm of both sides and drew an x. this is where I drilled the holes. Due to the 9mm drill bit being pretty blunt, I decided to first use a 5mm drill bit. This made it easier to use the 9mm drill bit after. I used the pillar drill as I wanted to make sure that the hole was 90 degrees .
Step 4: Step 4 - Sanding and Finishing Up
Once this was done and I had two holes that were 9mm wide, I ran over the surfaces (front and back) with the orbital sander. I did this for at least 10 minutes before I was happy with the finish. Event through I wanted it to look rustic, I wanted a very smooth feel to it. Then, using an adjustable spanner, I began to tighten both bolts into the wood. Because the bolts were to bit, I had to thread them into the wood. This made a very tight fit, meaning I no longer needed the washers and nuts. This also made the design looks a lot clearer and less crowded.
Step 5: Finished
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