|Project by NoTalentRookie||posted 05-07-2010 03:36 AM||6844 views||6 times favorited||43 comments|
Well….I’ve been a member here for a while, but only in a lurkin’ kind of way.
I figure it’s time to join the party, and I guess posting this project is as good a way as any to get started.
I’m pretty tight when it comes to the woodworking budget….so when I see a pallet with some decent looking lumber in it at work, it comes home with me. In the first picture, you can see my method of harvesting the wood from the pallet. I don’t waste time trying to pull nails, nor do I take the chance of missing one and the steel getting into my blades. I just cut the flats from between the runners, and throw the rest in the kindling pile. My fireplace doesn’t mind a few nails in the kindling. :-)
The second picture is all the flats from this one pallet. As you can see…not all of it is usable. Some is just too warped, too checked, or too thin to be of any use, so it finds it’s way to the kindling pile as well. The third picture is what I was able to use. This is it after jointing, and planing.
Pictures four, five, and six are the box I made from the pallet. It’s the first box I’ve made, with an inset lid and pins for hinges. It was a learning experience for sure. Credit must go to member “Andy”, cause without his tutorial, I probably never would have figured out how to make the lid work.
The box ended up being about 13” x 8”, and about 2 1/2” high. I lined the inside with black velvet material. The finish is about 3 coats of Minwax poly, thinned 50/50 with mineral spirits and wiped on.
Well…there you go. I’ve spent so much time looking at other peoples projects on this site, I just figured it was time too post one of my own.
Thanks for looking, and I always welcome comments on how I could have improved.