Sunday, June 12, 2016

Building a recycled pallet dog steps to climb onto the bed

Well... let's face it... As much as I don't want to admit it I have a rather small dog. I have two, and one of them is a normal size dog (I can't comfortably carry he with one hand) the other one is... shall we say... not full size.

What's also not helping the situation is that this little dog doesn't like to sleep alone (at least... he's a normal dog in that regard!). While I'll admit that I'm a "full size dog" person and I've been known to wish the little thing an untimely death, well... (the people around me don't read these posts) I don't actually want him to suffer nor be left alone. Ok... maybe I'll say it like this... he bothers me when he barks and wants me to pick him up and lift him into the bed... I want him to be able to climb up of his own volition. Now at least I have an argument that holds to my "under 30 pounds if it's not less than 1 year old it's not a real dog" image.

Enter... the dog steps...

I used about 3 blanks from a pallet... I chose these blanks very careful because this was one of those rare pallet projects that was actually going to reside in the house and also be possibly very visible. I wanted the result of this project to be something people like to see and not just look like a rough built thrown together.

This had to look good!

I hand picked 3 cedar boards that I've been saving for a while and only "processed" them once they were on the project. I went from 60 grit sand paper all the way up to 240 grit. I also went as far as giving it two coats of diamond water-based finished.

I wanted it to turn out good... But I had no idea it was going to turn out *this good*.

Here is what the project looks like outside on the work bench after the last coat dried.

The "hit or miss" sanding of the cedar gave it an incredible two-tone finish.

It was a very nice project! Now all I have to do is teach the dog to climb on it... Seems that he's not into small steps and feels safer around much bigger things but I'm sure he'll eventually get around to use it. I hope he does... I'm tired of being barked at in the middle of the night by a 8 pound creature...

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Recycled Pallet Clock

A few months (around Christmas) I found a nice kit at a big store that essentially gives you the basic components to make your own clock.

Last week-end I got bored and while in between two projects I decided to tackle this.

I was again going for that rough look and didn't feel any shame using imperfect wood that also contained nail holes.

This was a single-pallet-board project where I cut a board in 4 pieces, and then took 1 piece and cut it at a 45 degree angle to make the under side boards.

The whole thing was sanded and finished with a crystal water-based finish.