From pallets to workbench

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 01-08-2013 01:04 PM 7042 views 5 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here is my workbench that I just finished. I did most of it from various and assorted pallets that I found, many of them included some fine red oak. I painstakingly pulled all of the 100000000000 nails out and cut it all to size. The 4×4 came from underneath my dads old shed. I also put a piece of birch plywood underneath the top for more support. The drawers were from maple plywood from my first ever project a bookshelf. Plus some pine that my nieghbor was throwing away from a remodel. It’s 40 inches high (I’m taller and that height is good for me) 50 inches long and 20 inches deep. I’m no.woodworker yet so I’m trying my darnedest. I have seen some fantastically beautiful benches here from gorgeous exotic woods and I hope to have one of those later in life (along with a powermatic table saw). This certainly isn’t the prettiest girl at the dance but she tangos well enough for this newbie.

I also want to say thank you to all of you for how welcoming you are to a young guy just having fun and inspire me with the posts of your amazing projects.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 01-08-2013 01:17 PM

Nice work and great use of reclaimed wood !

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 01:17 PM

Very nice bench…. the fact you scrounged and re-purposed the wood is awesome

Good job!!!!

-- To stop learning is to stop living..... Be open to new things

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Kaleb the Swede

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 01:25 PM

Thanks guys. I don’t really have the money (newlywed and new homeowner) for the nicer woods yet and there are many free pallets by some of the businesses around here that don’t mind giving them away. I figure it’s good practice for me until I can move to some nicer wood.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#4 posted 01-08-2013 01:25 PM

Functional and looks cool to boot…..Nice work Kaleb!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 01-08-2013 01:34 PM

I see it too much, guys spend all their money on the exotic stuff. Then there’s nothing left to buy lumber for projects. Already your ahead of the game by gaining experience building the bench plus you’ve added extras which aren’t included on most benches for sale.

-- So much to do, so little time.

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Ben Simms

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#6 posted 01-08-2013 01:47 PM

awesome bench! it looks heavy and solid. This is inline with my budget and it uses old pallets which is just about the only wood i have right now. My current bench is just a shipping pallet with some scrap 4×4 legs screwed to it, this is one of my next shop improvement projects. thanks.

-- 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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#7 posted 01-08-2013 01:53 PM

Very nice, I love to recycle wood, you did a great job bringing the old wood back to light for a very good purpose.
Now you show the work you will do on it.

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#8 posted 01-08-2013 01:53 PM

That’s a fine start and don’t let anyone tell you different. Remember a work bench is for working on. Yeah it’s great to see all of the large fancy benches but if your afraid that you might damage the top then it becomes nothing more than a piece of furniture. I say make a larger one when you can and use it just as you would any other tool in your shop. Take care and happy woodworking.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#9 posted 01-08-2013 01:58 PM

this bench looks great and pallet wood is a great and mostly free source for making things.

even pallet wood, when cleaned up and planed down can look nice and crisp.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 01-08-2013 02:45 PM

great bench,hope you get a lot of use out of it!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 01-08-2013 02:50 PM

Thanks for the inspiration!

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#12 posted 01-08-2013 03:33 PM

Great work.

-- It is what it is...

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#13 posted 01-08-2013 03:53 PM

Great use of recycled lumber. I have used old pallets for projects before, but none turned out this nice and useful.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#14 posted 01-08-2013 05:42 PM

Time well spent on this project with plenty of valuable lesson learn for a newbie. Over a lifetime you’ll have plenty of time to make benches but your first will always be a memorable one and this one came out great. Take a snap shot of it and save it so that one day you can inspire another future jock. Enjoy your new work mate and.all your future projects that will roll off this bench cheers…BC

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#15 posted 01-08-2013 08:44 PM

This is a hard working job!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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