|Project by lysdexic||posted 03-01-2017 03:48 AM||1406 views||3 times favorited||40 comments|
Not a Pallet Wood Wall…..
So, my wife wanted a pallet wood wall. Ugh. I wasn’t excited about this for a couple reasons. First is the wood quality. You don’t know what species of wood you’ll get and you don’t know how dirty it is. Plus there’s always a chance for metal, nails or staples to be buried within the wood. I just didn’t want to run that crap through any of my woodworking machines. The other reason is I’m not too keen on the shabby chic aesthetic. You just don’t know how long that trend will be popular.
Next she had the idea of using Barnwood. That’s pretty cool. She actually brought home a load of wood she purchased from an antique dealer. But that ended up being nothing more than old siding with lead paint. I was not that concerned about the direct health risks to my family. More like, I was concerned that if I ever sold this home, a crackerjack inspector would point out that we had hazardous material in our home. Then it would be official. I could see myself spending $$ on an socially deviant, hazardous waste abatement crew – think Stef.
Finally, I realized I was not going to get out of this. Therefore I decided to purchase some ambrosia maple, which is the same as our hardwood flooring, from Penn State Hardwoods in Conover North Carolina. It came in varying lengths and widths up to 13” but all of it was 4/4” thick.
The plan was to re-saw all the boards to proximally three eights inch thickness. But first I needed a straight edge which I accomplished with my homemade track saw.
Next I ripped the boards on the bandsaw to three different widths so they could all line up during installation. The milling did not have to be perfect because remember the standard was a pallet wood wall. Plus, the display surface was gonna be the reason surface without any type of sanding or prep work.
I also needed to up my game as far as re-saw capability. Some of these boards were 13 inches wide. I ordered a new bandsaw blade from Highland woodworking. Then I built a resew fence from scraps and used a hard board as a feather board. I was anxious about how well I could re-saw all these boards on a 1.5 hp, 14 inch bandsaw but the process went remarkably well.
Finally in order to pop the grain and give a bit more finished look I applied a couple coats of tongue oil. After that it was time for installation. I received help from my brother-in-law and my son who also graciously produced a time lapse video of the process. He took 1942 pictures to make the video.
I hope you enjoy and thanks for looking. Oh, and give my boy a thumbs up on his video efforts. He’ll appreciate it.
-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty