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DIY Pallet Wood Vertical Blinds -- What what"!

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DIY Pallet Wood Vertical Blinds -- What what"! DIY Pallet Wood Vertical Blinds -- What what"!

DIY Pallet Wood Vertical Blinds -- What what"!

Aww yeah, the window treatment for our swanky in-progress library is done!

Right, so as we all know, I'm not big on the whole pallet bandwagon but I admit, pallet wood was the texture I wanted for this fancy pants DIY vertical blinds project.  Well, and heh, the wood was free.

Wait a sec, you made your own vertical blinds"!  Why yes I did.  And you can too.  It's very easy actually!

Here's my supply list:
pallet wood, extra long1" binder rings (aka loose leaf rings or book rings)swivel key tagstop plate connectors3/4" split ring hangars3/8" threaded rod, 1 /12" long1/2" diameter conduit20 gauge copper wire, brown
I picked up the swivel key tags from Home Depot, which were a special order online.  The copper wire came from Joann Fabrics.  The binder rings are from Office Max which I can't find on their website, but here are some.  Everything else came from Menards, well, sans the wood.

It took me quite a while to find the right swivel piece, I'll tell ya.  I looked at goodness knows how many options but felt these key rings had a good look, a good size, and hey, they swivel!  All important for vertical blinds, that swiveling action.

My total cost:  $29.00

Tools I used, which may vary for you, depending on what you have:
cordless screw gun3" circular saw (thanks Bob!)grinderrafter square1/8" drill bit1/4" drill bitFor this project, I visited a place near home that has pallet wood, where I met Twitchy.  Kindly, he let me have eight pieces of extra long wood for free.  
I began by getting the top plate connectors attached.  Based on my window frame depth, and the width of the wood, I found I needed to put the plates at the edge so that the wood could swivel and fold up like vertical blinds.  I used these screws to anchor the top plate connectors into the window frame which I already had.

Once the plates were secure, I screwed in the threaded rods and then the split ring hangars.

It was all hanging a big low for me, especially considering I had the hanging hardware length to go yet.

So I did something unintelligent that you should never ever ever do; I free-hand trimmed the threaded rods down a quarter of an inch with my grinder.  Do not do that.  Use a stationary vise if you decide to trim.

I'm normally not fond of trimming threaded rod as generally it ruins the threads, rendering the rod useless but amazingly, this worked.  But do not do it the way I did.  Don't.  They're still an eensy long for my taste but I am not that much of a daredevil to cut them any shorter.

And yes, the idea for the hardware came from that wine bottle tiki torch you see all over Pinterest.

Next up, I cut my five foot long piece of conduit down to size using the grinder; in my case, that was 30".  I unscrewed one of the split ring hangars nearly completely in order to get the conduit in t...
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