What do you think of a wall bench? Well, 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!
For many, vintage gas stations hold a particularly wistful charm. Maybe we miss those old service bays equipped with all the tools necessary to do everything from oil changes to brake replacements. Or maybe it’s just the look of a long-gone time that still holds some significance in our lives.
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 wall bench out of it while also using it for decoration.
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This is how I did my tailgate wall bench!
I started with one old rusty tailgate…
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
Steps in building my tailgate wall bench
Use a 5/8″ drill bit to drill a hole in the centre of the pivot on each end of the tailgate.
Lay angle iron flush with the side of tailgate and mark and drill 5/8″ holes in the angle like so.
Once both ends are drilled, lay the tailgate and angles out flat on the table or floor like so as to make assembly easy.
Slide the 1/8″ pipe through all three pieces like so.
Place a flat washer on one end of the pipe and drill a hole through your pipe with a 1/8″ drill bit.
Install a cotter pin to lock the pipe in place. Do the exact same thing on the other side with an angle tight against the tailgate. Drill as close as possible to the washer for a tight fit.
I found a small table to be the perfect height for my tailgate wall bench and used it to help with installation. I levelled the tailgate at the right height and positioned the angle pieces on the wall. I actually used a couple of wood screws to hold them in place while I assembled my wall bench.
I then measured down 6 inches and drilled through the angle and all the way through the wall (after checking the wall for electrical of course!) Then I installed the 8″ stove bolts.
I then went to the other side of the wall and marked the long piece of angle iron according to the bolts I had just pushed through the wall. then I drilled it out and mounted it on the 2 bolts and tightened it to the wall. here is where the studs were placed on each end of the brace which was ideal.
Back outside, I attached the cables from the angle iron to the tailgate on both ends.
I then removed the table. The tailgate hanging is complete.
I then closed the tailgate with the Allen bolt in between the angle iron and the truck latch pin. I marked the spot on the angle then tapped 1/4-20 threads into the angle iron and installed the Allen bolt there.
The tailgate now latches against the wall using the original tailgate handle.
My family and I enjoy sitting out here now and firing up the old bbq grill (that old 51 Chevy truck clip is another project. It is a bbq grill) I hope you enjoy your tailgate bench just as much as we do ours. Now go find a tailgate before they’re all gone!
Here’s a quick video showing all the steps.
I’ve got lots of other projects over on my Youtube Channel DRMD421. Stop in and have a look sometime!
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