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Blog series by Ethan Harris updated 11-27-2012 02:39 PM 28 parts 78580 reads 39 comments total

Part 1: Pallet Patio Table with benches set!

07-13-2012 08:50 AM by Ethan Harris | 8 comments »

This week I embarked on my latest creation adventure which I made out of pallet wood boards… a patio table with benches! I wanted this to look prestine and clean while maintaining a sort of rustic feel that the pallet wood gives to it. So I went through my stock of pallet boards and pulled the best quality / matching sized boards I could find and used them in the project. The only things I bought for this project were the screws (I normally use the pallet nails for the ultimate recyc...

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Part 2: Removing pallet wood without destroying the boards

07-13-2012 04:58 PM by Ethan Harris | 2 comments »

Also see this on Blogger at: Hello all, I have been working with pallets lately and I thought to myself “what if folks want to do this too?” So I decided to share what I found to be the best way to remove a board from the pallet without destroying the pieces. Step 1: Cut the boards off of the top of the pallet.From the edges as close to the brace boards as possible, cut the top Boards (top bec...

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Part 3: Pallet Board Entertainment Center!

07-16-2012 01:08 AM by Ethan Harris | 0 comments »

Also at: Hey Everybody! Okay, so after the completion of my last project with pallet wood, I have turned my attention to an issue, my current embarrassment of an entertainment center. To be fair to myself, this was one of my first projects, it had doors, had a coat hanger pole, and was actually a dresser. But since we have moved, it is causing a bit of a clutter and is incredibly imposing. So what bett...

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Part 4: Never buying wood filler again!

07-16-2012 08:10 PM by Ethan Harris | 5 comments »

Hello All, This is not a new tip, but I thought I’d mention it in my blog anyways. As always see my blog at: Ok so working with pallets is not always perfect, the wood is definately not top grade by any means and I will not pretend it is. So occasionally you are going to want to use a wood filler at some point. Now Elmer’s, as well as Varathane and Rustoleum sell wood filler that is pretty good, but the cost can add up significantly and this is ...

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Part 5: Child's Patio Set

07-17-2012 05:29 PM by Ethan Harris | 0 comments »

Hello All, As always check out this, and other projects at my blog: I am finishing up a project I started on the side with my adult patio table set and I wanted to blog about it in my series while I wait for my wednesday pallet pickup for my next project as seen in my blog. This table is designed for my daughter to have and will have pretty much the same look as the full size set that I built. I plan to make like benches and stain the wood the same as we...

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Part 6: Child's Patio Set - part 2

07-18-2012 03:00 AM by Ethan Harris | 0 comments »

View this blog and others at my blog: Hey All, Made some more progress tonight on the child’s patio table piece. I was able to join the top with the bottom and legs. Unfortunately its too late in the day and I still need to sand, touch up the piece a bit and then waterproof and stain to get the right finished product I want. Any other outdoor builders notice that the mosquitoes are a lot less friendly...

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Part 7: Rainy day, perfect for brainstorming!

07-19-2012 01:46 PM by Ethan Harris | 0 comments »

See this and more at my blog: Pallet Craft Hello All, Well today was kind of a bummer, a rain day interupted my plans to wood work, but my wife suggested a project that she would like me to do… a mobile for our daughter’s crib. “BRILLIANT!” I thought to myself as I grabbed a pen and some paper and proceeded to sketch my design shown below. Mobile Design Sketchup This design is pretty simple, the neck of the mobile will extend out over the crib and will be s...

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Part 8: Bunk Bed Recycled Quick Fix!

07-20-2012 01:03 PM by Ethan Harris | 1 comment »

For more on this and other posts, visit: Pallet Craft! Hey all! Today I have something cool to share! So we just got a bunk bed (see my blog for type) second hand for my daughter to have in her room.As we were building it we were saying to ourselves that we wanted to put her stuffed animals on the bottom, but we did not have a second mattress yet and the bottom only had a metal wire support. It was safe to say we wanted to put something on it that would be better than bare metal! My wif...

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Part 9: Why I Pallet Craft!

07-23-2012 02:14 PM by Ethan Harris | 2 comments »

For all the images on this entry and others please go to my blog: pallet craft! Hello All, This is part of my series Pallet Craft on my blog. It is pooring out once again, and because I have nowhere else to work on my projects except for my mobile work station (outdoors), I decided to blog about why I do what I do. Woodworking in general came to me as something foriegn that I had never really given a lot of thought of doing (I mean common, I was a tech student), I thought of it as so...

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Part 10: The Work Ahead!

07-24-2012 01:30 PM by Ethan Harris | 0 comments »

For the images and more on this post please go to my blog at: Pallet Craft! Hello Readers! Today I have a goal set in mind for the entertainment center and mobile builds. I feel this will be important for me to set these goals to ensure I have all the different parts available as I need them. To see the plans for these builds that I put together please visit their respective links. Entertainment Center: ( ...

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Part 11: Temptation Neutralized and a quick update!

07-25-2012 01:47 PM by Ethan Harris | 0 comments »

For the images and more on this post, please go to: Pallet Craft Hello Readers! So yesterday evening was very productive indeed, although I did not get as far as I wanted, I was able to get a good leg up. Yesterday was also an incredibly tough trial of temptation. When I started out on this project I designed the whole thing to be built out of pallet wood, to show that they could be used in nice project builds. However, the temptation became very intriuging and alluring to build the...

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Part 12: The Difficulties

07-27-2012 01:03 PM by Ethan Harris | 0 comments »

View more images for this post at: Pallet Craft! Hello Readers! Working with pallets can be fun, it can be gratifying, and it can keep you busy… These are all good things, but there is a dark side to the madness that is; Pallet Craft! Difficulty #1 – Many pallets are decayed or built with cheap wood. It is unfortunate, but many pallets cannot be repaired for use, at least not by me. If this is not bad enough, some pallets are beyond decay, and are not fit for my use and m...

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Part 13: Progress, Progress and more Progress!

07-30-2012 04:17 PM by Ethan Harris | 0 comments »

More photos available on my blog: Pallet Craft! Hello Readers! This past weekend, a major trend took place, it rained constantly and unrelentlessly. That being said, I was able to utilize my carport this weekend to get things moving on the pallet entertainment center, and the recycled lumber crib mobile. So lets dive right into the action! Pallet Entertainment center! This is probably the most exciting project for me since the pallet wood table that many of my readers saw in my fi...

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Part 14: The Truth Must be Revealed!

07-31-2012 12:25 PM by Ethan Harris | 2 comments »

This is an entry from my blog: Pallet Craft! Hello Readers! I have been writing to this blog for the past few weeks to share my endeavors with pallet woodworking, and over that time I have seen my blog grow exponentially. This is definitely an exciting time for me as I get to share all of these experiences with more and more of you, however, it has been received with some mixed reviews as well. I have had several readers express that they are wary of pallets and their use in woodwork...

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Part 15: Heat treating lumber

08-01-2012 11:18 AM by Ethan Harris | 0 comments »

For more on this topic and other posts visit Pallet Craft! Hello Readers! I wanted to take this time to go further in depth on the use of heat treatment in pallets here in the U.S. and other U.N. member nations. This week I felt that conveying the truths about these processes would be important in clearing up a lot of confusion that I have noticed surrounding this information. Back Story In 2002, the IPPC (International Plant Prevention Convention) convened to set new regulations ...

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Part 16: Fumigation Treatment of Pallets

08-02-2012 01:59 PM by Ethan Harris | 3 comments »

This and more at my blog: Pallet Craft! Hello Readers! Today I am going to share with you the other treatment method used on pallet wood; fumigation using Methyl Bromide. First, I would like to state that using these pallets that have been fumigated using methyl bromide could be extremely dangerous to your health! What is Methyl Bromide? Methyl Bromide is manufactured from naturally occurring bromide salts. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers this gas to be an ozon...

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Part 17: Share your project Ideas!

08-03-2012 01:37 PM by Ethan Harris | 2 comments »

See this post and more at Pallet Craft Hello Readers! You have probably seen lots of things made from pallets on the Internet, from chairs to storage and much more. However there is a key distinction between building projects from pallets and building projects with pallet wood. While both of these methods are recycling the pallet wood and putting them to good use (which I applaud), I want to show that the wood from these pallets can be turned into beautiful pieces instead of usin...

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Part 18: My learning process!

08-06-2012 01:34 PM by Ethan Harris | 0 comments »

Find this and more at Pallet Craft! Hello Readers! Well everyone goes through a learning period when figuring out what can and can’t be done, and how you should and should not go about things. Here are a couple of my latest “woops” and “oh…” moments as a beginner at woodworking. 1. The wooden vice. I thought this would be a great idea and it seemed to work well in pre-applied testing. Unfortunately the threads are too few, and the wood I used for t...

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Part 19: A couple future projects. (Maloof rocking chair included)

08-08-2012 01:59 PM by Ethan Harris | 4 comments »

Hello Readers! Recently I had asked readers to suggest a few new projects for ideas for my blog, Pallet Craft! I did recieve two ideas and I will briefly describe them below, but if you would like to suggest more please do so by commenting below! 1. From Mike on Mike suggested a Maloof Rocking Chair. I think this is an amazing idea that would be a great undertaking. In honor of Sam Maloof who shares my birthday (January 24th, 1916 – May 21, 2009) I will und...

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Part 20: My new inspiration hub! And an update for the Maloof rocking chair.

08-14-2012 01:24 PM by Ethan Harris | 1 comment »

Hello Readers! Just a quick update: I got plans for the maloof chair, so I will be studying these extensively for my build. My wife has been perusing pinterest and the internet and has stumpled upon a few DIY pallet creations that she loves and wants me to recreate. Well its safe to say I am at no shortage of projects now… Here are a few of the projects she has in mind (more at my blog, I could not fit them all in this post): Now you might have noticed if you read m...

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Part 21: Finally back from the depths of my Pallet Crafting!

09-07-2012 01:41 PM by Ethan Harris | 1 comment »

Good Morning Readers! Hooray! I am back from the depths of my Pallet Crafting! This weekend I will finally complete a few projects that I want to share with all of you! The Trials! These past few weeks have been a test of endurance and patience. A few failed projects hit the fan, but I gained a ton of experience and knowledge from doing them! I have learned now to take more time for each cut, measuring and remeasuring before the cut line was drawn, then measuring the final cut pie...

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Part 22: Sneak peak at the seated highchair!

09-13-2012 02:48 PM by Ethan Harris | 1 comment »

Hello All, Take a look at how this is coming along. Should finish this weekend for sure! I designed and cut all of this project from pallet wood. I am very excited with what the outcome has been so far. Check out more projects and things built from pallets at: Pallet Craft!

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Part 23: She found the staircase!

09-28-2012 04:00 PM by Ethan Harris | 1 comment »

Hello Readers! Well my daughter is 6 months old now, and she found the staircase this week…(no worries, we stopped her advancement up them) So I will be building a set of upper and lower staircase gates for her protection against nasty spills. I put together this mockup for the design. As usual this will be made from pallet wood and will be featured on my Pallet Craft blog. But alas! I acquired a block plane! And I am very happy with how it changes the way the wood looks...

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Part 24: The Ground work

10-12-2012 02:26 PM by Ethan Harris | 3 comments »

Hello Readers! I am happy to say I have finally laid the groundwork in my woodworking career. I am very happy to have found this hobby, I enjoy it, and I am learning new things everyday. I can see myself in 5 to 10 years building beautiful pieces of art from wood, and past that? Who knows! But I am sure it will be fun! For now I plan to stick with Pallet Crafting, it seems to be a great medium for learning. In the future I would like to work with fine woods, but small steps and a eagerness...

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Part 25: I've got Christmas projects on my mind!

10-18-2012 02:05 AM by Ethan Harris | 1 comment »

Hello Readers! Well from the title of this entry, you can probably guess what this is about. Yes, Halloween has not even come yet; Yes, Thanksgiving is more than a month away! But I have learned that planning and starting now will give me the time I need to get the projects done. Why wait until the snow is falling and the bitter cold bites? So what will I be building? Well that is a secret and I will post all about them on December 26th and 27th. I don’t want any gift receivers to...

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Part 26: Out of the shadows!

10-24-2012 02:07 AM by Ethan Harris | 0 comments »

Hello Readers, I have been working on several projects this year and I have made a lot of progress in the way of building things from pallet wood and ultimately showing the worth of the wood contained within the crude pallet structures. I have had some great successes such as the highchair: As well as the storage bin: The Pallet Gate: http://pallet...

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Part 27: Frustration leads to Rushing which leads to more Frustration!

10-27-2012 12:28 PM by Ethan Harris | 1 comment »

Hello Readers, That’s it! I have had enough for one day!... Well that is what I should have said, but if you know me I can’t seem to help myself when it comes to frustration and working on things. I know I should stop, after all, all this frustration is just leading me to rush through critical parts of the project! So I change my attitude towards the project, perhaps my project is frustrated with me because it has seen enough work for one day? Perhaps I am overworking th...

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Part 28: What the waka? Stress relief.

11-27-2012 02:39 PM by Ethan Harris | 1 comment »

Good Morning All, Ever run into a piece of wood (pallet wood in this case) and wonder; “How the heck did that warp like that?” Working with pallet wood can be a twisted mess of metal, warp and work. These things lead to a lot of distress trying to make them work for a project, leading you to want to pull your hair straight out. Sometimes you just have to llook at it and say in the words of the great Fozzie Bear, ”What the waka?” This is where I stop and cl...

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