pallet wood wall hanging

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Project by Al Amantea posted 11-17-2014 08:40 AM 2273 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had some extra time yesterday, so I came up with the wall hanging made from old tools and reclaimed pallet wood. I think the wood was beech or maybe yellow poplar. I laminated the pallet wood to a piece of 1/4” plywood for strength and to keep it flat, as I wanted to maintain the distressed look and the cracks and splits in the pallet wood. Then I framed that with leftover reclaimed oak from the coffee table I made earlier.
I found the tools at an estate sale, attached them to the boards by wire wrapping them, and then sprayed 2 coats of valspar spray lacquer (my go to finish).

I find that lacquer produces a top notch finish, is quick to apply and dries to a workable state within an hour. Once it dries, I can hand polish it with just a soft cloth and end up with a product 10 times easier, and a better finish, than using poly.
The whole thing only weighs about 5 pounds or so, and would be great for someone’s man cave or den…

-- Measure Twice, then cut it again...

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#1 posted 11-17-2014 12:03 PM

Outstanding idea for quick sales! I can see this selling in the gallery store where my stuff sells. I might have to scrounge around my shop for some old, worn-out tools today!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 11-17-2014 12:54 PM

Has a real air of antiquity about it – nicely done.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 11-18-2014 04:54 AM

Looks good, Al! Unfortunately, I’d want to take the tools down, clean ‘em up and use ‘em! Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 11-18-2014 05:08 AM

Trust me, that was my first instinct also!
Honestly though, the only thing that was worth trying to save was the 1” chisel, and it was so far gone that rehabbing it wasn’t worth the time or energy. I got the tools for $8 in a toolbox at an estate sale, and all i really wanted was the cool red lunchbox style toolbox. I’m gonna give that one to my great niece for christmas (she’s 4) so she can “help me out” sometimes in the shop. She is always trying to come out to the shop and “help” so I figured maybe at 4 it’s time to get her started… maybe a birdhouse or something for a first project. any ideas?

-- Measure Twice, then cut it again...

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#5 posted 11-18-2014 05:33 AM

Lots of ideas and links here! Precut pieces(and predrill nail holes) on just about any project so she can assemble and paint it…
Steve Ramsey did a couple of kid friendly projects on his YouTube channel.
Hope you post the future projects.

-- God bless, Candy

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