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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Tags: diy, pallet, scaffold, timber, wall

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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.


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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!)


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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?


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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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