Tutorial For An Upcycled Chair and Scaffolding Board Furniture Bench
I can’t walk past a skip (dumpster) without having a quick look to check if there is anything worth salvaging. Much to my husband’s annoyance I often return from walking the dog with some dodgy piece of junk from someone’s skip.
I knew I’d scored when I saw this scaffolding board sticking out of the skip I couldn’t resist it. I loved the weathered look of the wood and thought it would look great once sanded and polished.
It wasn’t until I added a broken old chair to my scrap hoard did I come up with an idea for my scaffolding board furniture. I decided to merge the 2 into a lovely reclaimed wood bench.
Originally the bench was going to be for just a bit of extra seating in the garden. As I like it so much I fancy having it in the house now. It’s a handy little bench to sit on when you put your shoes on or take them off.
I might compromise and have the bench outside in the summer for extra seating or even just for pots and then bring it inside for the winter. I just love how good the reclaimed wood on the scaffolding board furniture looks now that it’s been polished up. It still has a lot of character.
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What I used to make my scaffolding board furniture
How to DIY Scaffolding Board Furniture
- The first thing to do is to give the scaffolding board a good sanding all over. If you use an electric sander then this will take no time at all.
- The next thing you are going to need to do is the stain and varnish the scaffolding board. I used a dark furniture wax to stain the board and then an outdoor varnish for the top coat. If you are just going to use the bench indoors then no need to varnish.
- I used the chair to make the legs of the bench. Saw the legs off the chair, making sure they are all the same length.
- Clamp each leg one at a time in a straight upright position and drill a small hole down the center. You will want to make sure your legs are perfectly straight for this otherwise you will end up with a crooked bench.
- Finally using four long wood screws, going through the top of the scaffolding board screw a leg to each corner.
Preparing the scaffolding board
Making the scaffolding board bench
I told you it was easy. I liked the chippy green paint on my chair legs so kept them as the were. The fact that you can tell the legs are from an old chair also appeals to me it gives the bench a unique look. I also love the look of reclaimed wood.
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