Palletboard Kitchen

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Project by Terry Ferguson posted 02-26-2011 03:39 AM 3034 views 15 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s an example of what can be done with pallet boards. On the base cabinets I built over the existing by installing new face frames and shelf edges plus I added a double drawer bank at the peninsula. I completely removed and replaced the wall cabinets. All the face frames and door frames are a combination of recycled pine and salvaged blue stained pine. All the door panels are wood from pallets – pine, mahogany, poplar, probably some type of gum tree, red oak, swamp oak, and wood I can’t identify. I use a custom mixed water based white wash and several coats of water based polyurethane. The white wash allows the grain and some color to show, but mellows out what would otherwise be a riot of wood colors. The end result is a kind of rustic country look that I find very refreshing in a kitchen. And last but not least all this lumber cost very little while giving the old boards a new life.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#2 posted 02-26-2011 03:55 AM


This is a remarkable use of what generally is discarded. (Just removing all the nails is too much work for me!) Your finished product looks excellent. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 02-26-2011 04:10 AM

You’ve created the most beautiful furniture from cast off wood! I’m impressed.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 02-26-2011 04:26 AM

Superb! The wash finish really is an inspiration.
thanks for showing it.

-- Smitty

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#6 posted 02-26-2011 04:59 AM

Wow is right, love using recycled wood, excellent job. cleaning up the wood is the definitely the hardest part of the job, very nice work.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#7 posted 02-26-2011 05:11 AM

Well done!

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#8 posted 02-26-2011 05:30 AM

Having built with pallet wood before, I can say that you have removed approximately one bazillion nails. Looks great.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#9 posted 02-26-2011 05:33 AM

That is amazing! Great job.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 02-26-2011 06:11 AM

I’m a retired truck driver who has seen thousands and thousands of pallets, but I’ve never seen any like these. WOW – that is inspiring!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#11 posted 02-26-2011 06:46 AM

Many times the pallets don’t look like much at first look. I’m always surprised when I get them apart and do a little sanding or planing. One interesting thing is that I get pallets from companies that import stone, granite, and tile. The wood comes from foreign countries and can be unusual and impossible to know what species. I also seek out pallets or skids from companies that ship large materials – I look for skids with large dimension lumber. Sometimes I get 4×4, 4×6 up to 9ft long.Often the skids are almost black until I get through the surface to find wood that looks like cherry, mahogany, light walnut, & all colors of poplar. Every now and then i find a few pallets from China that are made of boards obviously from small trees that look like bleached white pine and smell like flowers when cut – these pallets are assembled with tiny smooth shank nails that are a breeze to pullout.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#12 posted 02-26-2011 06:47 AM

Well done. Very well done.

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#13 posted 02-26-2011 06:52 AM

Just awsome!Great looking kitcheng.I always like to use old scraps of wood for something useful and nice.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 02-26-2011 08:38 AM

Nice work. Now thats recycling at its best!

-- - Martin

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#15 posted 02-26-2011 09:36 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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