That's right, a Poop'n Stoop. Give someone you love the gift of a marvelous bowel movement this Christmas.
My family has a gag gift exchange for Christmas every year and I though this would be perfect. Funny yet useful. I hope my title won't offend anyone, it was meant a funny alternative to more conventional names. A fun little pallet project that didn't take long. Enjoy
What you will need-
4 pallet boards
1 side pallet board
I love working with pallets. It is really beautiful wood if you can spend some time on it. I like to dismantle pallets ahead of time so I have a large stash of ready to go wood. I may post how I break down pallets in a later instructable.
You first need to prep your boards. I run the boards through a surface planer so you have to take out all of the nails. Use a small punch and a hammer to back the nails out.
Run all the boards through the planer. I do this for two reasons. One is so you can make the boards look beautiful but the other reason is do the boards are the same thickness.
Once all the boards are all planed, it's time for the jointer. If you are working with pallets I highly suggest a jointer planer. It is one of my most valuable tools when it comes to pallets and you can find a used one for fairly inexpensive.
Run all sides of the pallet boards trough the jointer. This will give you a flat edge to glue. After a couple of passes on both sides, place the boards together to make sure you don't have any gaps. If you do try to rearrange the boards to fit.
I wanted the top to be at about 8 1/2 in. Tall so I cut all four pallets at 8 in.
The second cut was at 20 in. For the top.
And another 8 in for the other side.
Make these cuts on all four boards with these measurements.
Once you have all of the boards cut, it it time to glue and sand. I wanted the pattern of the board to be the same on the top and the sides so I lined the boards up accordingly.
Put a generous helping of glue on both sides of the board and clamp together. I also ran a board along the top to keep the boards from springing up. Glue the top of both sides and let dry.
There is not a lot of glueing space on these boards so be careful handling it after it is dry. After the glue is dry, carefully unclamp and start to sand.
I used 80 grit first and then 220. I just sanded the top because I like to leave the spaces that you won't see weathered and rough. That way you can prove that this was pallet wood.
For the front I used one of the side boards of the pallet. I ran it through the planer and then sanded it down to 220. I thought it this piece could add some structural integrity while still being part of the pallet.
Time to put the pieces together. First I used some corner clamps to put the 3 pieces together. I used a brad nailer to secure them together. Then I added the front piece in and recessed it about 1/2 in and nailed that as well.
I found a scrap piece of walnut that was cut at 90 degrees from another project that would work perfect. I cut to length and nailed from the outside in.
Because of the small scale of this project, brad nails are enough to hold everything together.
When it came to the cut out I just kind of guessed. I measured 10 in a crossed. When it came to the depth, I wanted at least to pallet boards to remain intact a crossed for strength. I used a square to make the lines and traced a old can to get the corners.
Cut out your outline with a jig saw and you have your rough poop'n stoop.
I sander the cut edges so there wouldn't be any splinters. Then it is time for the poly. I used a satin water based poly for this. Apply with a varnish brush and let dry. Then after it dries, lightly sand and repeat. I did three coats and it turned out really nice.
And there you have it. An awesome looking pallet poop'n stoop. Sorry I didn't have any pictures of this baby in action. I try to get some but my wife said no for some reason. I can't wait to give this as a gag gift. They are going to love it. And the fact that it's made out of pallets makes it even cooler. Just goes to show you that you can make anything out of pallets. Thanks for looking.