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My "Pain in the Butt!" Pallet Bed Project

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Project by Zach Hendrickson posted 03-23-2017 05:29 PM 930 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As many of you woodworkers can attest to – if your significant other asks, your significant other gets!

That was the case with this project – a first for me working with pallets. The girlfriend wanted a rustic pallet bed frame, so I was off to the races planning and sourcing my materials.

Now I know all the sayings:
-Pallets are dangerous
-Pallets are dirty and filled with chemicals
-You’ll die from using pallets! (Thank you Reddit! I’m still alive!)

Well I get it, so I did my best to only find pallets in good shape, that had only “HT” on them, and that were from a source I could somewhat trust.

No video for this one, just a detailed blog article that documents the (painstaking) day building the bed, which included a strained chest carrying pallet wood!

If you want to check out my other projects, you can sift through them on the blog. I also recommend checking out my Youtube Channel as I have dipped into the DIY video sector in the past few months and love it!

This was a massive project to do over the course of one day (granted I had spent about three hours the prior weekend breaking down the pallets), especially in my driveway! But the final result was nothing short of spectacular (in my opinion!) and I am very proud to show off this beast of a bed to the community.

Hope you enjoy!

-- Zach aka The Cutting Bored, https://goo.gl/O4acGO





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pottz

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#1 posted 03-23-2017 05:55 PM

well considering your workshop is your driveway and you have only basic tools you did a pretty damn good job on this zach,im impressed.now when it comes to pallet projects there are those that love it and those that will say they hate the look,but to each his own.i think it looks great.id love to see what you could do in a fully stocked woodshop.just keep it going and that shop will come.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Zach Hendrickson

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#2 posted 03-23-2017 06:47 PM



well considering your workshop is your driveway and you have only basic tools you did a pretty damn good job on this zach,im impressed.now when it comes to pallet projects there are those that love it and those that will say they hate the look,but to each his own.i think it looks great.id love to see what you could do in a fully stocked woodshop.just keep it going and that shop will come.

- pottz

Haha thanks Pottz – yea i go back and forth on pallets. I think my next tool will be a thickness planer – and there is a lot of potential within the weathered hardwood of pallets, so I plan to take on some refurbishing projects in the future – just gotta watch out for nails! Woodshop will come one day!

-- Zach aka The Cutting Bored, https://goo.gl/O4acGO

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 03-23-2017 08:27 PM

invest in a metal detector …you will thank me … :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Zach Hendrickson

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#4 posted 03-23-2017 09:15 PM



invest in a metal detector …you will thank me … :<))

- GR8HUNTER

Definitely!

-- Zach aka The Cutting Bored, https://goo.gl/O4acGO

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canadianchips

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#5 posted 03-24-2017 02:54 AM

You did very nice job.
Using a wood source that is affordable !!!!! Probably FREE. I like that word.
I make stuff from old buildings so I know the pain of broken and hidden nails.
When I think I have them all, make a cut and whoops there is another one.
Dont get caught up in unsafe wood scare…...
There is arsenic in an apple seed….we eat them !
Some people are fanatics about everything these days.
Thanks for sharing your project.
Guessing she is happy….you are happy !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Zach Hendrickson

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#6 posted 03-24-2017 03:07 AM



You did very nice job.
Using a wood source that is affordable !!!!! Probably FREE. I like that word.
I make stuff from old buildings so I know the pain of broken and hidden nails.
When I think I have them all, make a cut and whoops there is another one.
Dont get caught up in unsafe wood scare…...
There is arsenic in an apple seed….we eat them !
Some people are fanatics about everything these days.
Thanks for sharing your project.
Guessing she is happy….you are happy !

- canadianchips

Appreciate the praise! I was super careful going through all of these scraps – it probably took just as long to de-nail them as it did just to break them apart. I don’t have a metal detector – probably a soon to make purchase if I ever decide to take on another pallet project.

People really can be crazy haha – I’m all about free materials – obviously I love paying for the right thing, but free is always awesome – almost makes the repurposing of it that much more satisfying!

-- Zach aka The Cutting Bored, https://goo.gl/O4acGO

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 03-24-2017 01:57 PM

You have made a nice practical project out of pallets. I think that it turned out nicely. Except on much smaller projects pallet would is no always easy. The bigger the project the bigger the job. I think you did fine.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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builtinbkyn

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#8 posted 03-24-2017 02:03 PM

That looks great and structurally sound too. It fits the chosen decor perfectly. Heck Restoration Hardware would charge and arm and a leg for it. Nice work!

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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