Chest from pallets

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Project by Mig posted 02-04-2013 08:07 AM 4448 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First project after more the 20 years. Hardest part was to disassemble the pallets. Nice surprises, red woods (oaks and others), different types of pines and above all, hard, hard wood to work with… Lost a couple drill-bits but it was a great experience.

Initial purpose was to make an entrance bench but it took a life of its owns and became larger then life. :)

The underlying structure made with pocket holes. It has almost 1 pound of 1 1/4” of finish nails. Sanded with #60 paper just to avoid the splinters and coated with lemon oil and wax. Turned out to be very good and solid. Had a blast. Other projects on their way.

Thanks to the observations of my new friend jacob34 I have to make some clarifications. Product to coat is named Feed-N-Wax by Howard. I was only able to find it at HomeDepot. It turned out to be orange oil and beewax.

Nice to be here…


P.S. Thanks Jacob and good luck with your project…

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#1 posted 02-04-2013 01:51 PM

Lemon oil? I am newer to woodworking and am pretty sure I have never heard of lemon oil on a project, what is the reason for using it? I like the project, my wife has been trying to get me to make her a “pallet project” but I was struggling to come up with something I liked. Good job again

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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Bennie Woods

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#2 posted 02-04-2013 02:22 PM

Jacob, Great use of the pallet wood. Inspiring work!

-- Bennie Woods, USS FRANK CABLE, GUAM

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#3 posted 02-04-2013 02:33 PM

Jacob 34…

Thanks for the observation re the lemon oil… my bad. :)

Corrected! (please check)

Good luck with your project!!!


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#4 posted 02-04-2013 11:33 PM

great chest.i’ve torn a couple of pallets apart and man are they hard to get apart.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 02-05-2013 02:17 AM

Whitebeast… do not give up on the pallets. Good luck with your projects.


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The Box Whisperer

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 12:15 AM

I have a couple of nice pallet board Ive been saving for boxes. Ive torn a few apart but came to the conclusion that the wood wasnt usually worth the effort. A local buddy of mine, the Pallet King, heats his home with pallets, so he sets aside the nice boards for me, and I give a box now and then. Its a nice arrangement.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#7 posted 02-06-2013 01:56 PM

good pallet project


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#8 posted 02-06-2013 02:29 PM

Good looking and sturdy chest, like the rope handles. Great recycle of the pallets.


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#9 posted 02-10-2013 02:18 PM

That is nice and rustic looking. Great job.

-- mrg

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