Good Use of Pallets

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Project by TheeWoodShed posted 03-05-2013 01:55 PM 3278 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have a nice recycle place in our town that tear down old homes, factories or whatever one needs. But instead of filling up landfills, they go in with a team of guys and they remove the windows, doors, cabinets, flooring, tiles, fixtures etc…. I forget what the owner said but its like 80% of the house gets recycled. They also have people and factories bring them pallets. Most all are ground up into a mulch, and now they’re even creating a fuel source with the wood. But one day I was “pickin” there and found this pile of 5/4 pine boards about 8’ long. I went in and asked the owner how much… he said .75 per board… he only had 25 but I took them all. Sure they still had nails in them (but only at the ends), and a couple had staples along the edge. Well I just cut off the ends with nails and ripped down the boards with the staples… they were all 6” wide so even after removing staples, I still have a 5” clean and clear board.

Thankfully my wife loves the wood look and even the defects like knots etc. So I built her a coffee table and matching end table. I have about $3 worth of boards in both pieces. To add a little pizzaz, I decided to do a 2 part resin top… so that was the expensive part. I have about $35 in the resin for both pieces. So for less than $40 I have a beautiful coffee and end table!!!

So scratching head, what else could I make… as you can see from another project of mine, I put some more of the wood to good use and built a Morris chair with an ottoman! Gosh, you’d think it used up the remaining wood… not so fast friends… I still have six or seven boards left so now wife wants a chair to match mine! So after we get done moving into the new shop, she will get one!

This pile of scrap wood cost me $18.75. With it, I’ve made a Morris chair and ottoman, coffee table and an end table and still have enough to build another Morris chair and ottoman! All for less than $20.

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-05-2013 02:06 PM

Good looking work. Good salvage.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-05-2013 02:09 PM

Very sharp love the finish. I work at a pallet shop n the evenings i love the benifts of the free wood.

-- greg indiana

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#3 posted 03-05-2013 02:14 PM

Dang fine projects woodshed….nice use of materials that would have decorating someones flower beds otherwise…and aint nary a soul who can argue with the price….Good job sir

-- 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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#4 posted 03-05-2013 02:26 PM

My kind of person that knows how to take scrap and make something useful and beautiful with. I keep my eye open all the time for things others don’t want and most of the times its free.
Great job and keep up the good work.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#5 posted 03-05-2013 03:24 PM

Excelent! Another choise for the wood with recycle. Nice pattern.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 03-05-2013 04:29 PM

Nice work Woodshed.
I made a table using the casting resin (2 part resin) and it was beautiful for about 6 months, then the weather changed, the wood cracked, the resin cracked and several attempts to patch it made it worse.
I sure hope that yours won’t do that.
I like the way you did the grain lay-out, it looks very random … the way it should be.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 03-05-2013 05:17 PM

Grumpy, I’m hoping due to the thickness of the boards and I also used a base of plywood to glue these boards to… so maybe I will get lucky.

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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#8 posted 03-05-2013 05:21 PM

Hello TheeWoodShad

Good salvage and a very nice design

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#9 posted 03-05-2013 10:09 PM

Stupid question how hard is it to do the finish? Can you get it HD or Lowe’s? Love your barrels too.

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#10 posted 03-05-2013 10:28 PM

If you’re talking the 2 part resin, I found it to be easy. I watched a LOT of DIY video’s on YouTube and asked other wood workers so felt confident I could do it. I bought my supplies at our local Ace Hardware. Was $13 per box and it did so many sq ft. I used 2 for the coffee table and end table. You do need to have a heat gun or torch (trust me, use a heat gun if possible) to warm the bubbles… as the chemicals release bubbles will form all over in your top… the heat causes them to disappear! Kind of like magic. When I built the tables, I knew I wanted this type of a top, so when I trimmed the top with edge boards, I added 1/4” to the top edge… hence holding the resin in! It takes about 8 hours to cure hard and then I let it set for three days. Came out ok!

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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#11 posted 03-05-2013 10:45 PM

Came out very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 03-05-2013 11:35 PM

great tables,love the look of the resin.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#13 posted 03-06-2013 01:13 AM

love the project

-- Just hammering through life!!!

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#14 posted 03-06-2013 01:46 AM

You did great here. Love the way you did the herringbone pattern. And that resin finish is fancy!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 03-06-2013 01:58 AM

Way to use the short pieces to make the herring bone top.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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