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Reclaimed Pallet Wood Box

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Project by DustinTN posted 04-30-2013 01:26 PM 2307 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is simple box I made from reclaimed pallet wood. I stained the lid with a homemade stain made from steel wool soaked in vinegar (the pigment comes from the rust/oxidation of the steel wool.) Sanded and sealed in paste wax. I like the burled aspect to the wood on the back left of the box in the pics. I also like to find pieces of the wood that have nails and tacks embedded in them; I appreciate the “flaws” in these humble materials. I think of these projects as a way to reclaim the “detritus of industry” and consider the finished pieces tiny little tributes to America’s rapidly vanishing history of manufacturing and skilled labor.

-- "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity." -Charles Mingus





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Dave777

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#1 posted 04-30-2013 01:44 PM

Nice industrial look

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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DustinTN

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#2 posted 04-30-2013 01:55 PM

Thanks for taking a peak and commenting, Dave!

-- "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity." -Charles Mingus

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 04-30-2013 02:34 PM

Good job. Unique look.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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DustinTN

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#4 posted 04-30-2013 04:48 PM

Thanks, Monte!

-- "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity." -Charles Mingus

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Greg D

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#5 posted 04-30-2013 05:26 PM

Nice design Dustin. I have a few pallets that I was saving for something sweet.
Thanks for sharing!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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PATXI

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#6 posted 04-30-2013 05:46 PM

Good job and good attitude of life. Congratulations for the work, and congratulations for the recycling.

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whitebeast88

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#7 posted 04-30-2013 09:34 PM

great box,love the pallet look.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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mrsmith

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#8 posted 05-01-2013 01:20 AM

Gotta luv pallet wood !
Nice job.

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DustinTN

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#9 posted 05-01-2013 11:22 AM

Thanks for the kind words, all! It’s very encouraging especially knowing so many of you are FAR more skilled and experienced than myself. Much appreciated.

-- "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity." -Charles Mingus

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WoodenFrog

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#10 posted 05-15-2013 05:21 PM

Very nice!! Really cool!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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oldnovice

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#11 posted 05-15-2013 06:27 PM

That box has a lot of rustic character; it is reclaimed wood forging a new life! Good job.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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michaelray

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#12 posted 05-17-2013 05:56 PM

like the look of this. Nice work.

May I ask were you found the knob for the lid? Was this somethig recycled as well?

-- http://dbcww.wordpress.com

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