Sunday, January 6, 2013

Chevy Truck Bench




This year my husband and I decided to make all of our Christmas gifts.  We are on Dave Ramsey’s Financial plan, and we know that Christmas is something that would always set us back a little bit, because we love giving gifts to the people we love!  Instead of breaking the bank, we decided to spend considerably less, but to come up with some really cool personalized gifts for everyone.  

At first I was a little bit nervous, because I didn’t want the gifts to be something that people would just toss in the drawer or not feel connected to.  These gifts turned out to be  very successful!!!   I was so excited to give each person the gift that we had worked on, and everyone seemed to really enjoy them!  Not only did this save us money, but I really think this made the Christmas season a little more special this year.  

Jared, my husband, and I started working on these in about mid November.  The great thing about making gifts for people is that the whole time you are working on them, you are thinking about the person you are making them for!  And, it was something really fun that Jared and I could work on together.  

So in the coming days and weeks, I will be sharing the gifts we made this year.  This first gift is one that we made for my grandpa.  He had always wanted a 1955 Chevy truck.  While I wish I could afford the whole truck, I instead ordered an original tailgate.  We came up with a wooden bench for outside, that uses the tailgate as the backrest of the bench.  


This was actually the first thing I have built on my own!  Jared works third shift, and he was sleeping one Sunday when I decided to make the wooden part of the bench.  To my surprise, my measurements were correct, and it came together really great!  Jared did the sanding and sealing, and attached the tailgate to the bench using heavy duty bolts.   I had my mom secretly steal the license plate from my grandpa’s garage, which has his and my grandma’s initials on it.  We used reflectors to simulate the look of tail lights.


My grandpa was so surprised!!!  The look on his face was priceless and I will never forget it.  He is so special to me, he has been helping me with anything that I wanted to attempt to do since I was a little girl.  I think this is something sentimental he will enjoy for years to come!

Lindsay



14 comments:

  1. Such a cool bench!! I've gotta show my hubby this! Love the color too! Happy Sunday! xx Holly

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  2. This is fantastic. What a fabulous personalized gift. (making gifts is soooo much better!) I love the tail-gate, and the bench is so awesome!
    I am pinning because you've inspired me. I want to make one!
    Your grandpa is so lucky to have you around!

    hugs x
    Crystelle
    http://www.crystelleboutique.com

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  3. Oh, this is such a fabulous idea! What a wonderful, sentimental gift to your grandpa. He sure looks happy and proud to call this one-of-a-kind bench his own! :)
    Thank you so much for sharing it @ {nifty thrifty sunday}! You will be featured at this week's party!
    XO from Germany!
    Vanessa

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    1. Thank you so much Vanessa!!! I think he was also proud knowing that he had taught me the skills needed to build his bench! So glad to have come across your blog, I really enjoy it! I'm so excited to be featured, thank you, thank you!!

      Lindsay

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  4. I saw this featured over at nifty thrifty and it's AWESOME! Great job! I'm a new follower and would like to invite you to participate in my Pin Me Linky Party. It goes Fri-Wed. I allow up to 3 links each week!

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  5. I absolutely LOVE this and we have a tailgate, thank you for the great tutorial too! I am hosting a link party on Tuesadays, would love for you to come. memoriesbythemile.com
    Hope to see you there.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  6. This is awesome and not something you see everywhere. I love it!

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  7. Where did you find the tailgate? Is it an original or fiber glass?

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    1. It is original, nice and rusty on the back side...I won it on eBay.

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  8. could you tell me the height of the front and back 4x4 corner post

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  9. Hi my name is Rachel. My husband and I inherited his late father's trucks tailgate and are wanting
    To make a bench in memory of him for our back yard. I have looked
    Everywhere I feel
    Like for some sort
    Of deminsions to go off of to build this thing. (We aren't the wood crafty people lol) so I was wondering if you would share how you went about finding
    The deminsions

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  10. I'm not sure how close our dimensions would be to yours, but I measured the height of a normal bench to get the dimensions for the seat. Then I measured the width of the tailgate and added an inch or two on each side for the width of the bench. I added the height of the tailgate to the height of the seat to get the back two post heights.just attached my tailgate to the front of the two back posts using large bolts. I hope this helps you! What a neat way to honor someone's memory!

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