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Cooking With Pallet Wood

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Project by DustinTN posted 05-15-2013 04:12 PM 1325 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a project I just finished. My goal: use a single piece of pallet wood, regardless of cracks, splits, etc. (A LOT OF CLAMPING AND GLUEING THROUGHOUT THIS PROJECT!), and use no chemicals during the process. I also wanted to make my own stains and sealant by hand.

I made different stains with a base of olive oil and white vinegar. I made three different stains from three different plant-based pigments. One was pureed strawberries, one was spinach, and the other was purple kale stems. I used differing layers of the stains on top of one another and sanding in between hoping for a glazed pigment look.

I finished the piece with handmade paste wax from beeswax, coconut oil, and a bit of essential lemongrass oil (for scent.)

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





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stefang

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#1 posted 05-15-2013 04:31 PM

Looks great. What is it used for?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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DustinTN

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#2 posted 05-15-2013 04:35 PM

I don’t know, Mike! It’s just a plain-old box. I suppose it could be used to hold tea, jewelry, tobacco, kitchen utensils, or anything else. Thanks for checking it out and the kind words!

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

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#3 posted 05-15-2013 05:20 PM

Very nice work! it is cool I like it!

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

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#4 posted 05-15-2013 06:35 PM

All home made, all natural, all good … and reclaimed wood too!

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

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PATXI

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#5 posted 05-15-2013 06:52 PM

Very nice. It is so nice that his usefulness is the least important thing., I believe. Another new inhabitant of palet world. Congratulations from basque country

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#6 posted 05-15-2013 07:23 PM

And I was all ready for a pallet bonfire with some hot dogs and smores when I clicked the link.

Very cool, Dustin. I really like the choice of hardware and the finish washer/black screw combination with the rustic look of the pallet wood.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#7 posted 05-15-2013 10:01 PM

Very nicely done! I can think of many things I would use it for!!

-- I have no idea what I'm doing....but doing it anyway :)

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#8 posted 05-16-2013 12:03 AM

Has anyone evr stained with coffee? I’ve always thought about it but never tried it. There is always a cup on the workbench…

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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oldnovice

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#9 posted 05-16-2013 12:12 AM

Hybridwoodwork, not on purpose …. but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work!
Grape juice works too but raises the grain.

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

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#10 posted 05-16-2013 12:43 PM

I thought you had made some kind of wooden cooking … thing, or maybe a butter mold. Looks cool though.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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mondak

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#11 posted 05-16-2013 01:19 PM

Beautiful use of fire wood and good choice of hardware. The hardware to me is what makes it stand out.

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DustinTN

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#12 posted 05-16-2013 01:41 PM

@hybridwoodwork – I did some experiments with coffee. It works, but the coloring was subtle with my mixture. I believe I put some vinegar in some strongly brewed coffee and then added used grounds as well to soak in for several days. I then strained. I bet using stronger coffee, more grounds for soaking (probably fresh), and adding some oil would result in more pigment.

Also, thanks to all for checking out this project and for the kind words. This is obviously a great community given that people with FAR more advanced skills than myself take the time to offer encouragement.

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

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#13 posted 05-16-2013 10:25 PM

Great looking box. Me? I’d eat the strawberries and buy red dye.

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#14 posted 06-02-2013 02:31 PM

lemongrass oil (for scent.) Hmmmm now I’m going to have to try that :o) cool box, thanks for sharing

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