Ladder shelves from reclaimed oak pallets

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Project by Clobby posted 10-31-2016 03:29 PM 1060 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is my absolute first furniture project, using a minimum of tools, a minimum of skill, and a bit of trial and error.

I took the piece of wood to a buddy to get them planed down in size and uniform thickness. Unfortunately, this pallet wood is bowed, cupped, or whatever, and so nothing really fits together that well. I had to tweak my dado cuts with my circular saw as you can see in the one picture, and shim up the dados in other areas.

The actual shelves were attached using some 1/2 board run perpendicular to the shelves, tacked and glued in place.

I wasn’t happy with my stain, and I learned a valuable lesson with stain, you can’t stain with divets/pock marks in the wood otherwise it clumps up there. Overall, I learned a lot, and have more tools and more skill to put to use to my next project coming soon.

Also, any way to make sure lumberjocks doesnt rotate the images?

-- Wood working newbie, IT Pro for 15 years, ask away for computer help to help repay all the noob wood working questions.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 11-02-2016 06:53 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! I think the learning what NOT to do on the next project is part of the attraction to woodworking. I like your ‘angle’ on this project.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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