Tailgate Benchs- Fathers Day Presents

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Project by ToolBoxJunkie posted 429 days ago 1399 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was a ton of fun. To start the project I got to go to a junkyard and just walk around for a couple hours looking at all kinds of cool stuff until I found just the tailgates I was looking for. There are however still a few more sill there so I will be back for them now that I know how to do this project, and want for of my own.

This was my most difficult project so far to date considering that I only gave myself 3 1/2 days to get two benches done. I first found this project posted over on HomeRefurbers and decided I wanted to give it a try. Which brings me to Skidog…. I have to give a big thank you to one of our members- Skidog. He was the original poster of this project and he sent me a ton of photo of his latest bench project in different phases of completion. This made the process much easier for me.

I found that scribing the back post to be the most difficult process for me since I do not have access to a band saw. Instead I tried a couple of differnt tools, and only the jig saw worked when cutting from both sides. Also trying to keep all the metal shavings swept up so little feet did not end up walking all over them was a concern. Multipule trips to lowes were also involved in this project since I found myself needing different supplies than what I had on hand. It took me about 10 hours to complete each bench, including supply runs and monitoring two youngsters. I was very pleased with the final product, as were my father and hers. It has given me the confidence to continue to try diffent projects. The only down fall, is now that my wife sees that I am capable of things like this she is now talking about more projects that she wants me to do!!!!

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 429 days ago

Looks pretty cool. Yes the more you do the bigger your honey-do list becomes.

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#3 posted 428 days ago

Great looking Fathers Day gift….I hope Dad is a Ford man….:)

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#4 posted 428 days ago

These look great. Don’t worry about your wife, more projects = more tool :)

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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#5 posted 428 days ago

Very neat looking benches! Are you sealing the rusted surfaces to preserve their current appearance, or leaving them to the elements?

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 428 days ago

Very cool idea, and nice build… Sure Dads are happy… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#7 posted 428 days ago

That’s pretty awesome! I like the concept and execution. Like Mike said above, did you do anything to metal to preserve it?

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#8 posted 428 days ago

very nice idea.nice work i’m sure they were a hit.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 428 days ago

Careful some vehicle restorer will want your TAIL—-Gates!

Neat Idea, Very neat job.

I bet the International tailgate was heavier than the Ford.

I tried to straighten an IHC tailgate a few times; Fords etc. are easier to straighten.

-- just rjR

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#10 posted 428 days ago

I did not use anything the the benches. I like the rustic look and figured it sat out in the woods for the last however many years its not going to get much worse. What I did do was wire brushed the entire gate and then ground down all the sharp rusty edges.

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#11 posted 428 days ago

JJayzon -you are correct, the last couple of projects have netted my some pretty cool stuff. The big was was the basement remodel and I got a ton of stuff for that which was sweet.

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#12 posted 427 days ago

How does one keep from getting rust on their clothes? Very creative!

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#13 posted 427 days ago

I took a wire brush to the tailgat which knocked off all the loose rust so as of now when you sit down no rust transfers onto your shirt. Now it might have to be brush again in the future.

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#14 posted 427 days ago

You did a fine job. It looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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