How to Make a Tailgate Wall Bench

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Decorating can be expensive. As much as we all wish it were otherwise, making a home look interesting and presentably costs a lot of money. Fabrics, rugs, furniture, mirrors: all these things add up after a while. Throw in some coveted high-end items and you’ll likely blow your budget faster than you can say “Fast.”

But that doesn’t always have to be the case. Sometimes, decorating your home requires nothing more than an old scrap item and some imagination. This DIY project is an excellent example.

Having just purchased a home, my wife and I decided the entire house belonged to her except for the garage and back porch, and the yard. She may have made a mistake!

A friend gave me this old Ford tailgate after I told him I was decorating my back porch in vintage Gas station/ feed store style. I decided to make a workbench out of it while also using it for decoration.

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All the parts needed to mount it to the wall…

  • 2- 2 1/2″ X 8″ stove bolts
  • 2- 20″ X 1 1/2″ angle iron
  • 1- 6′ X 1 1/2″ angle iron
  • 1- 6′ X 1/8″ pipe or 1/2″ rebar
  • 2- medium snap rings
  • 4- 1/2″ flat washers
  • 1- 1 1/2″ X 1/4-20 Allen head bolt
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Use a 5/8″ drill bit to drill a hole in the center of the pivot on each end of the tailgate.

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Lay angle iron flush with the side of tailgate and mark and drill 5/8″ holes in the angle like so.

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