|Project by RobS||posted 08-04-2009 05:52 AM||3788 views||8 times favorited||32 comments|
Someone, the jerk, decided to use a grassy field by our neighborhood as an old pallet dumping ground. About 30 to 40 pallets, just unloaded in the middle of the meadow as if no one would ever care.
I cared. So as a fan of recycling/repurposing and an enemy of littering, I decided to try and use some of these pallets. I flipped thru and hand picked about 15 or so and was able to come up with enough boards to design a new TV stand for our house. This pallet wood combined with some blemished/discarded maple 2×3’s from a friend’s sawmill, turned into this 24” x 18” x 60” piece. My wife had shopped both online and in stores and could never find quite the right combination of style or size for our house. She agreed to let me take a stab at designing one with all the features she liked and now I had the wood to work with.
The maple became the frame work and the pallet wood became all of the paneling. I used my planer and table saw to mill the pallet wood so all the pieces were the same thickness and width. I saved some of the straighter and cleaner pallet boards for the drawer sides and fronts. And since the pallet wood wasn’t quite wide enough for the drawer front height, I trimmed the drawer fronts with just enough maple to make them fit. My wife selected the color Cranberry Red from General Finishes’ wide array of water-based stain colors. Not normally a fan of the colors and personally leaning towards more natural/oil finishes, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Of course the pallet wood wasn’t all the same species so I had quickly agreed with the less than opaque stain choice. It then has three coats of General Finishes PolyAcrylic Matte top coat.
If only the jerk could see his pallets now. Thanks for looking.
-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX