Desk Caddy

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Project by relic posted 07-31-2008 02:12 AM 4319 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my entry for “one mans’ junk”.

The desk caddy is made from wood recycled from pallets and is birch and/or maple. The pallets are used for deliveries to work. Drawer boxes are pine and spruce, drawer pulls are oak, again recycled pieces saved from the landfill. The desk caddy is 4.75” x 12” x 35”, the boards started at 3/4” and are dressed to about 5/8” . In order to get any thickness I had to rip the boards into 2.25” and are finished at varying widths. Two drawers for papers and one for pen and pencils (which we all know have a habit of walking off). I will use this at my work to help hide some papers.

-- Andy Stark

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#1 posted 07-31-2008 02:50 AM

Andy: The top has the color of Hickory, which would also be something common for palet wood. It is a nice job.

What did you put in the bottom of the drawers?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 07-31-2008 04:19 AM

Nice looking desk caddy. Thank you for sharing Andy.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 07-31-2008 07:33 AM

Nice looking desk caddy.It is a nice job.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#4 posted 07-31-2008 02:46 PM

A pallet wood man after my own heart. Excellent job. How did you do the drawer pulls? I don’t have a lathe so I hope you used another method (lol).

-- Jim

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#5 posted 07-31-2008 02:49 PM

Great recycling!

What makes me sad is that I ran a warehouse for 10 years, and had access to all the pallets anyone could want, but that was before I got into woodworking.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 07-31-2008 11:26 PM

Karson thanks, the bottoms are masonite that comes wrapped around aluminum sheets from work.
OutPutter, sorry a lathe it was.
Charlie, sometimes I get lucky and get 8’ pallets made from mahogany. The boss says chuck it, so I do right into the truck.
Thanks for the comments.

-- Andy Stark

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#7 posted 08-01-2008 09:41 PM

Great results! I envy the mahogany pallets!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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John Raney

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#8 posted 08-02-2008 04:21 AM

This looks great!! This is a very inspiring project. I have a good friend in the metal business and he gets pallets mostly oak in 10 – 12 foot lengths all the time. So I am going to get some before they get cut up as fire wood. Plus it is a great reason to buy a planer.

Thanks for sharing your work and “Green Idea”

-- "Many years ago I chased a woman, only to discover that her tastes were exactly like mine: we both were crazy about girls."

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Dan'um Style

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#9 posted 08-03-2008 03:46 AM

Great looking desk caddy … it really is nice.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 08-03-2008 03:50 AM

really nice work and a great idea

-- making sawdust....

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 08-03-2008 12:30 PM

Great looking, & also a great way to save our trees.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 08-03-2008 11:35 PM

Nice work and from pallets no less, awesome save!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#13 posted 08-05-2008 12:27 AM

Great job Andy. Good luck in the contest.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 10-03-2008 09:42 PM

beautiful work, and even more so that it came from recycled material.

Another reason that I dig this forum.

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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#15 posted 11-02-2011 11:22 PM

recycling? it’s more like upcycling, which is a lot harder to do, and I say its a job well done. that looks stellar.

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