Pallet into Small desk

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Project by millssnell posted 05-03-2011 02:48 AM 2960 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just recently picked up 2002 model Craftsman Jointer from a fellow woodworker in town. ($50, and it looked brand new!).

I had been collecting reclaimed wood wherever I could and had picked up some pallets among other pieces. All of the wood for the table was taken from ONE pallet. The top is made of the slats, and the rest is from the three 2×4’s. Now my wife will appreciate all the wood I pick up and collect! :)

Reclaimed wood is a great way to keep it out of the landfill and into something nice. I have found that many pieces of reclaimed furniture sell for more than new wood. Among my peers (20-30’s) there is a big resurgence of re-use/green/sustainable/simple. Plus the reclaimed wood has tons of character and probably a neat story.

Here’s to a fun afternoon in the shop AND keeping wood out of landfills.


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#1 posted 05-03-2011 02:50 AM

I love it, man. Good looking out!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 05-03-2011 02:51 AM

Very nice desk …I wish it is the first one of many to come

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#3 posted 05-03-2011 03:23 AM


-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#4 posted 05-03-2011 03:24 AM

Any suggestions, feedback, criticism, ect. would be greatly appreciated.


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#5 posted 05-03-2011 03:27 AM

Nice piece. If you are going the recycled wood rout (of which i totally approve). Then i would recommend getting if not a metal detector, then one of those cable/pipe detectors used for checking stud walls before drilling. You never know what is in a piece of timber, just waiting to attack saw tooth or plane edge

-- To finish something you must first start!

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#6 posted 05-03-2011 03:52 AM

great job, it looks really good, I try to use as much scrap and “reclaimed wood” as I can, glad to see that I am not the only one, thought I was just a cheapskate!! didn’t know it was a movement.

-- All the tools in the world wont make you a good mechanic or craftsman... however it helps!

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#7 posted 05-03-2011 05:12 AM

That is incredible! -worth every nail that made you grunt or cuss!!

-- christine

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#8 posted 05-03-2011 06:26 AM

I love reclaimed wood cause its free! keep up the good work!

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#9 posted 05-03-2011 10:42 AM

great recycling … wait I learned a new word the other day …...upcycling :-)
ceep on making it


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#10 posted 05-03-2011 02:28 PM

Nice salvage. I like hearing when others use reclaimed material.

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

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#11 posted 05-03-2011 06:01 PM

i have been using Pallets for a while, make sure you allow a way for the top to move on the base since Pallets don’t seem to be kiln dried so the wood moves a lot.


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#12 posted 05-03-2011 06:41 PM

BigDaddyO, how would you recommend doing that?

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#13 posted 05-05-2011 06:12 AM

from all of us to you….....thanks for saving some our wood. great job. i’m going to build a few myself.

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#14 posted 05-06-2011 11:30 AM

You got the right idea ! I have been digging in the cabinet shop wast box out side of their shop for some time now. I can turn a little piece of their press board in to $$$ and my customers are happy with it. Keep up the good job in your creativity with pallets. I found a bunch of 6’ boards thrown away that were shipping creates at one time. They had lots of staples at each end to hold the creates together at one time before they got broken down to be thrown away. I had to use my cut off saw to cut the ends off to get rid of the stapples and I use them for all sorts of things. Free wood is my favorite. Looking forward to seeing other pallet projects you make.

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#15 posted 09-14-2011 07:14 AM

Well done. If you’re still looking for reclaimed lumber and are still in Columbia try Jack’s Custom Cycles in Lexington. Their cool with giving it away as it saves them from paying to dispose of them. I’m not a motorcycle guy, but apparently the foreign bikes are shipped with hardwood pallets. Actually had some cherry pallets once. The Harley’s are on typical warped and stained common boards.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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