Spalted Pallet Wood Box

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Project by scrappy posted 12-29-2009 04:33 AM 9138 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a Christmas present for my youngest daughter. It is made from pallet wood that had 2 different kinds of spalt in it. The top and bottom both look to be Silvered Pine and the sides appear to be pine also but it has that funky brown spalt all through it. You can not see it in the pics but it does not follow the grain at all.

The wood was starting to get punky in spots and had to cut around some areas that crumbled with a touch. That kind of defined the size this box ended up. Started out a little longer but when doing the box joints, a couple of the fingers blew off when the router hit them. Had to trim a little off the length and try again.

Final size is 7 X 4 1/2 X 4 tall.

Top and bottom have rabbits and mitered edges. Glued together as a block and cut the lid off on the table saw.

Finish is just mineral oil. After sealing it with the oil bath (used 3 ounces of oil before this quit soaking it up) I really liked the flat finish so I left it like that. My daughter really liked the finish also, so I gues it is OK that way.haha

Please leave all comments and suggestions. I appreciate all the feedback and help I get from you.

Thanks for looking.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 04:42 AM

Sometimes you get lucky with pallet wood, looks good.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 04:45 AM

Beautiful box Scrappy.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 04:47 AM

Cool box Scrappy

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 12-29-2009 04:59 AM

Great box, Scrappy. Wish I had some pallets like this.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 12-29-2009 05:11 AM

Nice gift Scrappy, I am sure she loves it!

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#6 posted 12-29-2009 05:15 AM

Scrappy: A great build with recycled materials.

It’s some beautiful looking wood. Nice looking box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 12-29-2009 06:28 AM

Great looking box.

All the great boxes people have been posting have me itching to give box making a try.

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#8 posted 12-29-2009 02:25 PM

I like the way it looks! And you can’t beat the price of material….

‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 12-29-2009 03:18 PM

Great recycling job, Scrappy! Really pretty, and you did a good job on box joints in punky wood!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#10 posted 12-29-2009 05:20 PM

Great use of reclaimed wood.

-- He said wood...

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#11 posted 12-29-2009 05:52 PM

pallet wood?
i have 8 pallets out back i was going to cut up for fire wood. i think i will give them i real good look over first
box looks cool
thanks for sharing

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#12 posted 12-29-2009 07:18 PM

I need to start looking at some pallets too. Nice box. Great job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#13 posted 12-30-2009 02:25 AM

Thanks for all the great comments everyone.

Eddy and Cabinetmaster, Be sure to check those pallets good. You never know what you will find.

Charlie, I wish I had talent like yours for makeing boxes! If you saw as many pallets a day as I do, you would find more good wood. (over 100 a week) haha

Thanks again everyone.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#14 posted 12-30-2009 04:58 AM

when I saw this I would have never guessed that it was pallet wood. Great job. I have a couple of Oak pallets waiting on the right project.

-- Yogi Sez... Work like you will live forever...LIVE like you will die TOMORROW...

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#15 posted 12-30-2009 05:37 AM

Hey Scrappy, very cool looking box. Keep on posting.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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