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AAANDRRREW

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05-11-2015 01:05 PM

So the fiance went to a craft shop with my mom yesterday. She some slats nailed to a frame with inspirational sayings on them. She has the bright idea that I can make these out of the weather pallets I have laying around. So last night I spent the evening pulling pallets and nails apart and cutting them down. I attached a photo of the wood laying on my saw, ready to be cut to length and nailed to my frame. She can handle the inspiration sayings that will be painted or burnt.

My question is…. she wants the weather beat to heck look the pallet provides already. Problem is, the slats aren’t all the same thickness, but close. I tried to sand them some to clean them up a little, but the problem I ran into is the sanding either cleans the wood up too much, or worse, it smears the dirt left bedhind from the nail around and makes it look bad.

What would you guys do to clean this up a little but still make it look rustic? I’m finding that its almost easier to make a really nice clean piece of work than to try and make it look like crap, er, uh, I mean reclaimed/rustic. lol.


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canadianchips

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#1 posted 05-11-2015 01:52 PM

“It may be easier to make from new.”
The TREND now a days is rustic, crooked, uneven boards . That is why people are paying money for work from pallets I guess.
Throw away your square, your sandpaper,your tape measure and just build.Use a scraper to get the GUK off the wood.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 05-11-2015 01:54 PM

There’s a few different things to do.
Use the back side to machine to thickness so the faces still have the look ya want.
Machine everything and put it outside for a couple months.
Figure a way to construct it with what ya have.
Do a search on the www for ” aging wood.”

What I would do is figure out how to build it with the thickkness the lumber is. It’s rustic which to me means imperfections.

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mcg1990

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#3 posted 05-11-2015 02:04 PM

You’re over thinking it. They’re pallets, and she wants them rustic, so eyeball the whole thing and nail it together.

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#4 posted 05-11-2015 02:09 PM

If you want the face to be flush, lay them face down on a flat surface and secure from the back, using shims/spacers out of scrap wood where appropriate. Doesn’t matter how uneven the back side is, and the front will be flat.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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MT_Stringer

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#5 posted 05-11-2015 02:13 PM

Like Tomsteve said, run them through a planer until they are all the same thickness. Start with the thickest ones and slowly machine them until you can run all of the boards through.

Attach them machined side down.

Now, I guess you are going to tell us you don’t have a planer, huh? :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 05-11-2015 02:55 PM

+1 to Brads/MrUnix solution. Np one looks at the back.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#7 posted 05-11-2015 03:31 PM

Take a hand held propane torch in the metal can. Get a decent flame going and sort of brush it along the boards.
It’ll char the wood and give it that look you want. It’s also something you can do with fresh wood to add a little distinction to it.

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AAANDRRREW

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#8 posted 05-11-2015 03:33 PM

Thanks guys.
And yes, I do not own a planar, but was going to borrow my friends hand planar to play with it and see if it’s something I should invest in, or just wait to save up for a benchtop planar.

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MT_Stringer

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#9 posted 05-11-2015 04:32 PM



Thanks guys.
And yes, I do not own a planar, but was going to borrow my friends hand planar to play with it and see if it s something I should invest in, or just wait to save up for a benchtop planar.

- AAANDRRREW

I have the Dewalt 734 model. It has planed many board feet of maple, poplar, walnut oak and a lot of fence boards!
Having a planer will open p a lot of possibilities for you as to projects you can build that require different thicknesses. And a jointer goes right along with a planer to make a good compliment for producing flat sides and 90 deg edges to your work piece.

Good luck. Post some pics. I like rustic stuff also.
Here’s a pic or three of the coolers I built using cedar fence boards for the panel sides, and top of the lid. I planed them just until they were fairly smooth and even thickness.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 05-11-2015 05:19 PM

Or you could try pressure washing them

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bondogaposis

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#11 posted 05-11-2015 05:57 PM

but was going to borrow my friends hand planar to play with it

Make sure you have removed all of the nails or your friend may not be your friend any more.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 05-13-2015 02:09 AM

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AAANDRRREW

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#13 posted 05-13-2015 01:11 PM

MT stringer – any chance you got any pull with the Texans to send JJ Watt back home to God’s country for me? (WI). :)

Anyway, heres the assembled pallet thing the fiancé wanted. Not sanded or finished or even cleaned yet lol.

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MT_Stringer

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#14 posted 05-13-2015 04:06 PM

MT stringer – any chance you got any pull with the Texans to send JJ Watt back home to God s country for me? (WI). :)

Anyway, heres the assembled pallet thing the fiancé wanted. Not sanded or finished or even cleaned yet lol.

- AAANDRRREW

Sorry, Bud. They would run me out of town after I was tarred and feathered! That fellow is a once in a lifetime person/player. We have seen videos of him just randomly stopping off and talking to young football players at their practice and standing on the sidelines watching the local high school teams play on Friday night. Quiet at guy. Not to mention the day he ran out onto the basketball court and gave the young man a high five after he sang the national anthem at the Rockets playoff game. Just Awesome.

Your sign is coming along nicely.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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