Recycled Pallet Campaign Desk

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Project by seandietrich posted 03-12-2010 05:16 AM 13327 views 22 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This desk was made for a client using a recycled pallet from a local construction site. The pallet was made from Austrailian Pine, some type of cedar as far as I can tell. Very beautifully raggy wood textures.

The client wanted something with a “campaign twist” on it, so I added the canvas drop cloth to the front, back, and both sides such as was seen in some, civil war, and other campaign style furniture.

Because the wood was so soft, this needed plenty of renforcing, but once finished, I think it really ended up having a nice look to it.

-- "Unless workmanship comes to be understood and appreciated for the art it is, our environment will lose much of the quality it still retains." -- David Pye

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 06:04 AM

This turned out to be very beautiful piece of furniture. From wood that possibly get rotten in the dumping ground into a beautiful desk. Only jewelers know the jewel!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 06:06 AM

Beautiful desk.

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#3 posted 03-12-2010 07:09 AM


-- Oldwolf -

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 07:24 AM

Great work. This desk has a ton of character and presence.

-- jn

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 08:02 AM

Recycling at its finest…. do you find you get a lot of movement with the pallet wood? Or do you let it sit for a long time before using? Thanks

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#6 posted 03-12-2010 01:07 PM

Looks good. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 03-12-2010 01:16 PM

I bet you really made that pallet’s day.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#8 posted 03-12-2010 03:30 PM

One mans trash is another mans treasure! Great Job!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#9 posted 03-12-2010 04:14 PM

that is stunning!!!!
and how wonderful to give the wood a new life.

I’d love to have my house filled with furniture that looked like that! Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 03-12-2010 04:21 PM

nice work, I like the added canvas. Cool!


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#11 posted 03-12-2010 04:57 PM

Seriously – people on LJ are the most ingenious people I’ve ever seen. Another day in school for me. Thanks SO much for posting. It’s a lesson to us all on conserving a natural resource and being absolutely brilliant in its implementation.

-- There are many tempting parking places on the road to success

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#12 posted 03-12-2010 05:05 PM

Fantastic! This gives substance to my habit of “trash-picking” wood on bulk trash day around the neighborhood.
Drives my wife nuts though! ;)

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#13 posted 03-12-2010 07:30 PM

Nice job from another pallet diver !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#14 posted 03-12-2010 08:06 PM

Amazing, and … literally … inspiring.

Finally went to the mill, yesterday, and bought eight 4’ lengths of 1×10 beetle-kill Lodgepole Pine. It’ll spend a week’s vacation in my basement….

I’ve been a little concerned about the usability, versatility, and durability of this wood, but … no more.

Likely, the first project will be a dovetailed carpenter’s toolbox for my little nephew.

Thanks for showing me that … it really IS the woodworker, more than it is the wood :-)

Beautifully done!

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 03-13-2010 03:07 AM

That turned out nice, with tons of character.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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