Crib Built from Pallets

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Project by kjwoodworking posted 10-05-2007 05:49 PM 12647 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was short on funds and was about to have a son. I was able to get some big pallets used to ship large generators for cell phone towers. I looked through magazines and catalogs until I decided on this design. I liked the look, but every one I had seen was made so cheap and out of thin wood to be so expensive. I got the metal spring frame that holds the mattress and built the crib around that. I like the rustic look with the knots and stains from the nails. My boy uses the back of it as a head board.

-- Kirk H. --

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#1 posted 10-05-2007 07:11 PM

Nice job with the reclaimed wood.

Kids = short on funds. One in college, one in grad school….they’re not getting any cheaper. lol!

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

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Chris Davis

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#2 posted 10-05-2007 07:14 PM

Great job. I wanted to build my children a crib but never was brave enough. Lots of slats and lot of time. Where did you find the spring frame?

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#3 posted 10-05-2007 07:19 PM

You’d never know that this was a “short on funds crib made from pallets”. Ha. Beautiful !!!!
And as a headboard – awesome.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 10-05-2007 07:41 PM

Very nice use of re-claimed wood. I have used pallets in the past myself for projects.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 10-05-2007 08:06 PM

Hi all, Thanks for the kind remarks.
I got the original mattress frame from a friend. I have made a few more cribs for customers and I just built a wood frame that consisted of oak with a piece of oak plywood rabbited into the frame to hide the edges. Kind of like a shelf with the front and back boards long enough to mount to each end of the crib. Hope this helps I am horrible at explaining things. I need to take pics next time I build one. Hope I do have to build another one- it’s been a while since I’ve sold one. I’ve seen crib parts offered at Rockler. Kind of expensive to me though.

-- Kirk H. --

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#6 posted 10-05-2007 08:38 PM

Great crib and recycled lumber to boot.

Great job.

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

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#7 posted 10-05-2007 11:25 PM

I just love seeing what you fellow LJ’s do with reclaimed lumber. There’s just so much still usable wood that goes to the landfill anymore. These frames and crib are a tribute to just that.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 10-07-2007 01:26 AM

Great and global too. Nice job.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 07-17-2011 11:45 PM

wow now thats a definate bargain! love the rustic look to it!

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#10 posted 12-03-2011 05:08 PM

Looks great. i’m planing to build one. baby on the way. i do have a supply of pallets as i work for ups freight.
i live 10 miles west of florence s.c.


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#11 posted 12-03-2011 06:38 PM

Thank you. I’m 132 miles west of Florence near Aiken.

Congrats on the baby.

-- Kirk H. --

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#12 posted 10-02-2012 06:34 PM

Congratulations on both jobs (crib and son). Good job.

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