Pallet wood cube

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Project by jumbojack posted 01-16-2012 12:45 AM 3884 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I dreamed up this drill for my self, a test if you will. I drag home pallet wood when I can find fairly good pieces. I ran a piece over the jointer and through the planer. Then off to the table saw, that I had just tuned up, cutting six square pieces with 45 degree miters on all sides. Other than a little blow out on the crosscuts they came out almost perfect. I glues it all up. The first pic is just out of the clamps, and the second after a little 100 grit love. For all of you wanting to get a new table saw because you think yours is junk, see my signature. Yep these were cut on a Shopsmith.
Now my only question is what should I do with it now?

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 12:55 AM

I like that you are a lot like me make something then figure what to do with it.

-- Richard

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 01:20 AM

To think it was pallet wood.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 01:20 AM

Lol when I first looked at the picture before reading the story behind it I thought they were just little blocks of wood. Maybe you could make lots of different shapes and sizes and make some homemade building blocks for some lucky kid.

-- It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. - Harry S. Truman

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#4 posted 01-16-2012 01:51 AM

Thanks for the tip. That’s a good little test to keep in mind. Nice cube!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 01-16-2012 01:57 AM

Fun little project Jack. What type of table saw blade are you using? I just wondered if you were using ss brand or if you had bought the 5/8 arbor to use a different kind?

-- Jon, Morgan UT

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 03:32 AM

Keep collecting Pallet wood and ADDing to this one. (Like the ruber band ball idea)
A cube 3ft square wood make a great worktable. (Solid too)
4 heavy duty castors under it to roll it to where you want.

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

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#7 posted 01-16-2012 07:00 AM

Great test for a table saw. But, I’m having a hard time figuring out how to duplicate it. Is there and easy way to describe the six cuts you made? I’d like to give this a shot on my freshly tuned old Craftsman. Thanks in advance.

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 08:14 AM

Jon. Yep I used the 10 inch SS combo blade. It has been recently sharpened.

riobinhood. You have to start with square stock. I ran my pallet wood on edge over the jointer and then the face. Then over to the planer to get the other face true. I flipped the board over after to clean up the jointed face.I then set up the fence on the table saw square to the blade and trued the other edge. Then I set up a stop on the miter and cut six squares. then I tilted the table to 45, I really took my time to get this right and mitered the edges. Took it all to my table and did a dry fit with blue painters tape and found them all to be true. Spread some glue on the miters folded it all up and taped the last edge. i waited about an hour and put the top and bottom on and lightly clamped at each corner with F clamps. I let the whole thing set up over night. Voila.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#9 posted 01-16-2012 04:17 PM

I think the greatest part is that you were brave enough to run pallet wood through your jointer and planer! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#10 posted 01-16-2012 06:27 PM

Stumpy i literally see hundreds of pallets a day. I am always on the look out for clean looking material. The grain has to be right angles to the face or close to it. Few or no knots and fairly clean. I pull any nails and drag em home. Then I take our metal detector over them (it is one of those you look for rings and such in parks) They sit for at least a month, stickered in my shop. They get the jointer/planer treatment and back to the sticker pile for another month. If they hold up and dont go crazy I’ll use them for little fun things like this. I built a mock up jewelry box out of some of my best. I love that pallet wood.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#11 posted 01-16-2012 10:37 PM


As those of us who own them know, the SS is capable of some very fine work.

rlrobinhood, think of it this way: you need six pyramids of exactly the same size with the height of each equal to one-half the length of the base.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#12 posted 01-16-2012 11:49 PM

Funny, I cut a couple of blocks like this one about two years ago. The original plan was to make tea light holders. After cutting them I thought again and considered it a bad idea. Mine are still waiting in an empty copy paper carton lid.

I was thinking about using them for turning but I doubt it that it makes things any better if I make them round. I still don’t know what to do with them. Round candle light holders? Dam….....

Hmmm, maybe I should cut end grain veneer from them and make some kind of lamp? Could turn out nice.

Now I got it. I’ll make a pallet :-)

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#13 posted 01-17-2012 05:42 AM

THAT is really cool! A fun project, I’m sure!

It reminds me of a MAS*H episode when a local woodcarver hands Maj. Burns a 2×4 to show the quality of his work. Maj. Burns isn’t impressed and simply says, “It just looks like a 2×4.” The woodworker is all proud and responds, “Thank you. It used to be round.”

Nicely done!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#14 posted 01-18-2012 02:38 PM

Why dont you punch a few holes in it and use it as a giant die

-- Handy as a hammer

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#15 posted 01-20-2012 12:28 AM

With that grain pattern, a bandsaw box would look pretty good, stain it or just oil it.

-- GaryW, Edgefield SC, Too old to start over, can't remember why...

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