How to Make a Tailgate Wall Bench

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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 working bench out of it while also using it for decoration. This is how I did it!

Start with one old rusty tailgate…

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Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox.

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 tailgate.

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


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