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Project by SawdustTX posted 01-18-2015 05:27 AM 2614 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter found a Coca-Cola pallet washed up on the beach and wanted to retain the branding (stenciled name and the red edges). To do that she came up with a hall table design and carefully planned where to use each piece from the pallet. The wood is a very dense oak (we called it petrified), and a pain to sink screws in even with full-depth pilot holes. We resorted to waxing the screws and driving them with an impact driver.

We completely disassembled the pallet with a recip saw, crowbars, and hammers. Most of the nails simply would not come out, so we cut them off, then ground the remaining nubs flush with the surrounding wood surface. I think the pallet disassembly took almost as long as the build.

The table frame is pocket screwed together. Top boards nailed on with a 16 ga. air nailer. The legs are treated 2×4’s, half-lapped into an X-brace leg on each end. The legs were painted to match the faded Coke red on the pallet edges.

I’ve long enjoyed woodworking, but never so much as working side-by-side with my daughter on her own creation. And she taught me a thing or two along the way.

Here’s the mirror frame made with the rest of the lumber from the pallet:

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#1 posted 01-18-2015 02:48 PM

I like it. I have a half dozen of coca cola wood cases from way back. I’ll do something with them one o these days.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 01-25-2015 04:50 AM

very nice work – I think the most captivating part is the memories you’ve now created working with your Daughter! My Daughter comes to my shop from time to time and leaves behind her name written in the dust, lol.
It is always great to work with your kids in the shop and mostly the memories are more rewarding then the final creations… hope you get many more opportunities to work alongside your Daughter!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#3 posted 01-27-2015 10:19 AM

Very cool! I like the idea, but especially like the father/daughter project. I hope to do the same thing with my two kids in the very near future.


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