As I like to make things from cheap or free materials I recently had the idea of reusing a bunch of old scaffold boards which were past their best. Here's what I did.

As you can see these boards are split in places and no longer any good as scaffolding boards.

I should have let them dry inside for longer than I did as they shrank slightly after a few days and I had to reposition them.

First built the timber studding that will hold the boards.

Measuring the exact lengths, I cut them all to size on the chop saw.

Next I trimmed a little of the side of each to make a nice straight edge.

Sanding them with 60 grit paper on the belt sander.

All sized and ready to go, at this point I gave them a good soaking with anti-termite treatment.Screwing them into place from behind meant there were no visible screw holes on the front side, each board got 8 90mm screws.

Working from the bottom up made them easier to install as I could place one on top of the other whilst screwing the in place. 

Finally I gave the whole thing another soaking with the anti termite spray.

And that's it! What do you think?

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Concealed a cupboard into another part of this wall later on too, photos here

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Comment by Colin Underdown on November 5, 2012 at 15:40

This is a project that I have under way. It's a camping pod that slides in /out of my trailer. Still a way to go yet but when it's done I'm hoping to use it to explore more of  France (not into pitching tents) and visit SFN'rs.

Comment by James Higginson on October 26, 2012 at 11:54

Whenever I strip or sand something I am loathe to paint it! I've just stripped a nice lamp I bought, I was going to spray it black, it may even look better sprayed black, but as its stainless steel, brass and aluminium I can't do it!

Comment by Malcolm Hecks on October 26, 2012 at 11:48

I like it, James. Pleased you have not covered it (in Farrell and Ball?)

Comment by Sue Newell on October 25, 2012 at 13:13

Up cycling at it's best - brilliant.  Our garden table is made from them - and painted with our wonderful Annie Sloan paint!  (well it would have to be really!)

Comment by James Higginson on October 25, 2012 at 13:09

No Doron, that just the table saw in use, sounds like a good idea though!

Comment by Doron Swade on October 25, 2012 at 13:04

Fantastic! Is that a belt sander on your Combo?

Comment by James Higginson on October 25, 2012 at 12:46

Thanks Jane!

Comment by Jane Roper on October 25, 2012 at 12:41

I think it's beautiful!

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