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Project by MT_Stringer posted 07-24-2015 03:10 AM 1572 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this shelving unit for my wife’s high school reunion silent auction fund raiser. I hope it generates a lot of interest. Funds raised go towards scholarships for the students.

The dimensions are 30×18 x 9 inches deep. We found some wire/burlap baskets that look pretty good. Three coat/robe hangers make this a multi use piece.

Oh, I forgot to mention. The wood used to build this project was salvaged from two pallets! :-) I saved almost all of the boards, milled them, and assembled with glue and brad nails. The wood is pine with some oak pieces. The stain is Rustoleum Kona. The finish is Parks Pro Finishes semi gloss Clear poly applied with a HVLP sprayer.

Here are some before pics.

All of the nails were removed from the boards and runners.


The runners were milled, cut and glued into two panels. They became the two ends.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas





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Handtooler

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#1 posted 07-24-2015 03:30 AM

Very nicely crafted from some otherwise scrap that others would discard. Hope it brings a “Pretty Penny”.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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#2 posted 07-24-2015 04:07 AM



Very nicely crafted from some otherwise scrap that others would discard. Hope it brings a “Pretty Penny”.

- Handtooler

Thank you sir.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 07-24-2015 05:32 AM

Looks good. You are better at salvage than I. All I get is firewood ;-(

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 07-24-2015 05:37 AM

great job with the pallet wood and I now that it is a lot of exta work but it turned nice.

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#5 posted 07-24-2015 05:40 AM

Thanks Fellas. It was a lot of work. Some of the nails were hard to remove.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 07-24-2015 05:53 AM



Thanks Fellas. It was a lot of work. Some of the nails were hard to remove.

- MT_Stringer


That is where I usually run into trouble. Loose a tip in the wood once in a while ;-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 07-24-2015 08:47 AM

great looking shelf unit…hope it sells for tons of money

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 07-24-2015 03:21 PM


Thanks Fellas. It was a lot of work. Some of the nails were hard to remove.

- MT_Stringer

That is where I usually run into trouble. Loose a tip in the wood once in a while ;-((

- TopamaxSurvivor

Thanks. With these two pallets, I wanted to salvage the boards and the runners. I used a reciprocating saw to cut some of the top boards along the runners. They were too soft and split when I tried to pry them off. On the second pallet, I managed to pry the boards loose and pull the nails. The wood was a harder species.

For the runners, I pulled the nails by using a big pair of pliers purchased at Harbor Freight just for this type of work. The shape of the pliers creates a fulcrum and I usually add a piece of lumber under it as a shim to increase the mechanical advantage. A lot of the nail heads simply break off when a nail puller is used. That doesn’t matter with the pliers. Get a good grip and pull it out! The result was three runners 2×4 about 6 feet long. After milling it appears they are rough pine. That is what I made the two end pieces out of.

Note that I checked every board thoroughly with a metal detector. I did find a few nail heads buried and a few slivers of metal.

Here are the pliers at work.

And the result. Ready for milling (jointer, planer, table saw)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#9 posted 07-24-2015 05:00 PM

I like it, you did a good job. I too use it often wood
of the pallet.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#10 posted 07-24-2015 07:56 PM

Mike, Looks like you got lucky with those nails. They look smooth in the picture. I usually run into the twisty ones ;-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 07-24-2015 08:17 PM



Mike, Looks like you got lucky with those nails. They look smooth in the picture. I usually run into the twisty ones ;-((

- TopamaxSurvivor

Well Bob, let me tell you about those nails. One pallet had the spiral nails and the other had the smooth nails. The smooth nails glue themselves to the wood from friction and whatever is on the nail. The heads were also smaller and the shank diameter was a little smaller also. So, the heads broke off easy. But thankfully, the big pliers get a good grip on the shank, and I was able to pull them out. Those little rascals were a much bigger pain to remove vs the spiral nails.

Note that I had the runners clamped on the work bench with a hand screw clamp, which was held in place by the T track. That worked out great. I would prefer to work at waist height than down on the floor. My knees and back can’t take that kind of punishment any more. Besides, the shop/garage is air conditioned!!! 91 deg F outside, 75 inside. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#12 posted 07-24-2015 08:24 PM

Glad you got it done in comfort. I’m a bit surprised about the smoothies pulling harder than the twisties ;-) Could be the wood species or nail composition. I know the feeling out knees and back. We should have been more careful 40 years ago ;-) Let us know how teh auction goes, Good luck!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 07-25-2015 09:58 AM

Mike,
There are some special skills required to dismantle pallets and then to be able to maximise the recovered wood, looks like you have mastered it.
Working with recycled material is by no means easy or quick.
You have turned some “rubbish” into a very well made and presented unit.

P.S. I hope you fitted those new filters too!

-- Regards Robert

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#14 posted 07-25-2015 04:41 PM



Mike,
There are some special skills required to dismantle pallets and then to be able to maximise the recovered wood, looks like you have mastered it.
Working with recycled material is by no means easy or quick.
You have turned some “rubbish” into a very well made and presented unit.

P.S. I hope you fitted those new filters too!

- robscastle

Thanks Rob. I run that fan all the time. I also have a Grizzly air filtration unit hanging from the ceiling. It gets a lot of use also.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#15 posted 07-26-2015 05:06 AM

I’ll second that! You are the master of recovery.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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