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Project by jusfine posted 1403 days ago 2898 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a prototype I built in 1999 for some simple boxes we gave away as gifts and sold at a craft store.

This particular box has been storing my pen hardware in the shop, and the sides have not received as much exposure to light, so the cherry is darker on top and for some reason, the bottom.

The darker material (seems like a type of mahogany) used for the handle, top, and corner posts was obtained by pulling pallets apart that contained auto parts from Japan.

You may see on one or two of the photos, there seems to be a shiny type of grit in the pallet material, and when it is polished it really sparkles.

The box is 9 3/8” long, 5” wide and 2 7/8” tall.

The top has two levels (pallet material is thicker) but is flush on the underside. I taped the two pieces together (one on top of the other) then ran them through the bandsaw.

You can see where I glued the pallet material to the cherry, I got a little glue on the darker wood, and it would not take stain. With this cutting method, you cannot sand out much without creating a gap along the whole edge, so I just glued it together.

The bottom is a solid cherry floating panel.

I bevelled the back edge, drilled holes and used the little push-in hinges for this one.

They were fun to do, and we did sell a number of them (gluing them a little more carefully).

Thanks for looking!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."





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JPWHIT

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#1 posted 1403 days ago

Very nice in deed amazing what you can get from pallets huh

-- Measure once, then twice and cut only after you made sure your good. John Paul

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PaBull

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#2 posted 1403 days ago

Thanks for the post, this is realy cool! I realy like the corner post effect. Beautiful design. Japaneese pallet wood. I like it.

I need to go home and do some woodworking…...

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-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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mafe

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#3 posted 1403 days ago

More than just fine.
Really well made.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Abbott

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#4 posted 1403 days ago

Super! I am going to have to pick up a few pallets. Great work Jusfine.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 1403 days ago

Buried treasure for sure!

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

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rivergirl

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#6 posted 1403 days ago

That is a lot of work in that pretty little box! Beginning with tearing the pallets apart…. and then all the pieces and joinery. I wonder if people who don’t build with wood, realize all the work that goes into producing something like this? It really is a lovely box. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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DaddyZ

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#7 posted 1403 days ago

Nice Reclamation !!!

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

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rsladdwoodworks

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#8 posted 1403 days ago

I have an old pallet out back I will have to go get and see what I can do with it

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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Knothead62

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#9 posted 1403 days ago

Nice! I met a woodworker a while back that had a piece of teak that was used for a pallet from SE Asia.

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CiscoKid

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#10 posted 1403 days ago

Nice! I love hearing stories of saving scrap timber.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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jusfine

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#11 posted 1403 days ago

Someone who hasn’t worked with wood can’t relate to the cost (time and material) of even a small project like this, not to mention some of the amazing boxes I have seen posted here.

Thank you all for your comments!
Best of all the material was FREE!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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tomd

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#12 posted 1403 days ago

Great design and exacution, well done.

-- Tom D

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Beginningwoodworker

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#13 posted 1403 days ago

Nice looking box.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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tdv

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#14 posted 1402 days ago

You have some very classy pallets in your neck of the woods. Most of the ones we see here are made of Russian whitewood & chipboard or softwood corner blocks. Beautiful box!

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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joseff

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#15 posted 1400 days ago

Very nice work! I am also working on some pallets and your beautiful box really inspired me to explore more of what I could be doing with the material.

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