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Project by freidasdad posted 09-10-2010 04:07 AM 2225 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another box from a pallet from Lowe’s. The sides are 4/4 maple from the pallet, and the top and keys are walnut from the scrap bin. The bottom is a piece of scrap oak ply.
The little black dot on the side is a nail hole.
The 1st pic is the fixture I made to cut the angles on the top and to create the handle ,using the the tablesaw. The 2nd pic is before the finish and the others are all pics after 4 coats of Deft satin spray on lacquer.
I’ll be giving this box to John, a friend of mine who works with me at Lowe’s.

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown





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DavidH

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#1 posted 09-10-2010 04:22 AM

wow, a good use of a pallet indeed. I like it.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (http://www.justsquareenough.com/)

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blackcherry

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#2 posted 09-10-2010 04:28 AM

Nice work all the way around , l ‘m a fan of the bevel box well done..BC

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EzJack

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#3 posted 09-10-2010 04:33 AM

Don’tchya love them clamps.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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Dan Hux

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#4 posted 09-10-2010 04:47 AM

great find,,all the pallets I ever see suck,,crappy beat to crap pine, soaked in grease and stuff..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com

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cajunpen

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#5 posted 09-10-2010 05:35 AM

Nice box, I really like the design. I going to have to start looking at those pallets a little closer :-))

Nice jig for the top too.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Kindlingmaker

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#6 posted 09-10-2010 05:48 AM

A great looking box and the price is diffentently right! Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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mafe

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#7 posted 09-10-2010 11:16 AM

Thats the most beautiful pallet box I ever seen.
Really nice work.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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freidasdad

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#8 posted 09-10-2010 01:25 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I really appreciate the encouragemnet.
Working at Lowe’s part time gives me the chance to keep an eye out for the good pallets. Most of them that come through the store are crap, lousy pine or oak, not worth the bother. Occasionally though I come across some real finds,like the maple that became the sides for this box. I’ve also got a stash of some 4/4 poplar, oak and pine with the occasional 5/4 piece. All waiting to become the next box.

Yes, I do love those clamps…..
Thanks again for looking and commenting.

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown

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freidasdad

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#9 posted 09-10-2010 01:28 PM

David, I just noticed you’re here in Houston. I’m up in Spring. Howdy neighbor.

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown

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WoodSimplyMade

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#10 posted 09-10-2010 01:44 PM

Great looking box. I just picked up an entire bag of Maple flooring cut offs from a racquetball court job where I work, now just to figure out what to make with it.

-- Mike, Florida, http://www.woodsimplymade.com

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Cozmo35

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#11 posted 09-10-2010 02:17 PM

Something from nothing,...that is the greatest!

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

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richgreer

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#12 posted 09-10-2010 03:48 PM

This is a very nice box. Well done.

Thank you for including that picture of the jig you used. Am I correct that you formed the handle by using a router to clear away the wood around it?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Mike Fritz

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#13 posted 09-10-2010 04:40 PM

Great looking box. I don’t come across pallets but I do find a lot of chest and dresser drawers. I break them apart and use the one half inch oak or maple for many projects.

-- Mike Fritz, Verona, NJ

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freidasdad

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#14 posted 09-10-2010 06:16 PM

Rich, to make the handle I 1st cut the bevel, then I put the blade back to 90 degrees and raised it to the height that would leave me with the size handle I wanted. I kept nibbling away til I got the thickness I needed. The only thing I’d do different next time would be to use a flat bottom blade. I ended up with some grooves on the side of the handle that required more saning than I wanted to do. Hope that helps.

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown

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GabrielX

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#15 posted 09-10-2010 07:06 PM

The lid on your box sure brings that one to life!

I picked up a truckload of pallets from a wharehouse where I work. Some very nice pieces I could scavenge off after breaking them down. I like the whole recycle, reuse, green trend… glad it has caught on everywhere now that funds are tighter and resources are viewed as scarce.

-- GX

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