Another Pallet Project

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Project by Martyroc posted 02-10-2012 02:37 AM 2920 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another project that was made from pallet wood, it came out of necessity. When my wife came into the workshop and dropped a box of screws they were everywhere, then I heard,”Why don’t you put these in a box?!?” I did not plan for it to be this nice, just to be functional. After I made it I figured, I might as well finish it. I had some Var urethane and gave it a few coats, for protection. If I would have known it was going to turn out like this I might have dovetailed the joints or even a simple box joints, oh well next time.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#1 posted 02-10-2012 05:06 AM

Funny you’re working with Pallet wood. I’ve been calling around lately to find pallets that local dealerships and businesses are getting rid of.. with the exception of the chicken wing factory… but I recently uncovered my stairs going into my basement and would love to find a dozen or so good pallets to make into stair rungs. Anyway, great inspiration and thank you for proving that pallet wood can look this nice after it’s worked.

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#2 posted 02-10-2012 05:08 AM

Good idea well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 02-10-2012 05:22 AM

neat looking box for sure, I will have to look into working with some pallets

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#4 posted 02-10-2012 09:13 AM

I found some white oak on pallets. It had nail holes in it, but there were two 8’ boards that were worth keeping.

I have the same problem with guests coming into my shop and messing up the place, viz. my father.
Good job on the box.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#5 posted 02-10-2012 09:23 AM

Good recycling

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#6 posted 02-10-2012 03:33 PM

Yes Dear! Immidiately Dear! Gotta love it!

Great box! And I for one love the sometimes wild grain patterns to be found in well aged pallet wood.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#7 posted 02-11-2012 12:34 AM

Go Marty Go, nice project

-- Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 02-22-2012 08:15 PM

great box
are news paper runs add in the paper for thair pallets they give them to you . you just have to pick them up

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#9 posted 03-02-2012 02:54 PM

I love using old pallet wood. Nice work!

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#10 posted 05-03-2012 07:14 PM

you just gave me an idea since I have a similar problem with my screws and have excess pallet wood :)

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#11 posted 05-16-2012 02:31 AM

Hello again Marty,

My son is a great advocate of using recycled timber, so I made a few items just to see if the results were worth it.

In summary I found that there is quite a lot of additional work required to work recycled wood so I always admire finished products like yours.

You must examine very closely all stock for foreign objects, and you can find some really great features in pallet timber.

You need a huge collection of pallets to make a substantial project as there is a lot of wastage in isolating usable stock.

Robert Brennan

-- Regards Robert

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