Sideboard - another pallet project

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Project by ay1978pa posted 12-04-2014 03:00 AM 2644 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This took me a year to build, and I was ready to give up a few times. I had a vision of it in my head though which kept me going. When I started it, I only had a handheld circular saw to operate with. Cutting the grooves in the frame with it took quite some time. I since acquired a router and a table saw, so the final steps were faster.

The sideboard measures 72×34 x 21’. The base is entirely pallet wood – pine and cedar. The only piece that was not repurposed is the plywood for the drawer bottom. The two sections on the side have a shelf in the middle.The center section has a cross rack for wine bottles which was a little tricky to build and took a lot of time to accurately measure the boards. There is also a nice roomy drawer.

The top is made out of a warped 2×8 that I found in the attic. I cut it in approximately 20 inch pieces and glued them together into three squares. I then used some scrap 2×4 pieces to assemble the three squares together. I then added a mitered “frame” around the perimeter which was also made out of a 2×4 found in the attic and some scraps. This was followed by many hours of sanding.

The base was stained with Minwax in dark walnut. I wanted some contrast for the table top so I mixed the above mentioned dark walnut with some leftover cherry and stained it with that. It does have a reddish hue which is not really appreciated in the photos. The base was finished with Danish oil (I didn’t want it too glossy). The top is several layers of wiping poly.

This was made with an intention to sell. I did post it on Craigslist and got an offer. The lady wanted to use it as a vanity with two sinks sitting on top. However, I grew attached to this piece of furniture, and it didn’t take too much effort to convince me to keep it. We just bought our first house, and the sideboard fits perfectly into the living room. Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the result.

Oh, and I am making a vanity for the lady with exact same design and almost same dimensions (she doesn’t want the overhang on the sides, and she wants it 30’ tall, the rest we are keeping). I am hoping to finish it faster than the original piece though.

Thanks for looking,


-- Alex

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#1 posted 12-04-2014 02:13 PM

very nice work, well done!

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#2 posted 12-04-2014 02:22 PM

Very nice. It’s really cool seeing a piece made entirely of reclaimed lumber. I built my mom a coffee table years ago out of old pallets. Without a proper shop, it was a bear of a project, but it turned out nice.
That’s a great job. I can see why you became attached to it.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#3 posted 12-04-2014 02:49 PM

well done.

-- Marshall -

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#4 posted 12-04-2014 09:14 PM

Congratulations. All the thought, time, and effort definitely paid off. That is an awesome piece and you got a new job on top of it. You should be proud.

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#5 posted 12-04-2014 09:17 PM

Great job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 12-04-2014 10:37 PM

very nice work. Its always great fun giving new life to scrap wood. You have achieved a good balance between a worn and rustic look and a fine piece of furniture.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 12-04-2014 11:19 PM

Very nice, congrats on getting the commission from it as well!

-- -Tim Royal -"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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#8 posted 12-04-2014 11:55 PM

Your perseverance paid off. Well done.

-- Bryan

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#9 posted 12-05-2014 01:08 AM

Wow thank you guys. This means a lot. Here’s a couple more pictures of the process:

-- Alex

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#10 posted 12-05-2014 01:22 AM


That’s one of the best uses for pallet wood I have seen to date. Beautiful job!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#11 posted 12-05-2014 06:31 AM

Very Nice Project and well done. Thanks for Posting.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#12 posted 12-05-2014 07:27 AM

Beautiful rustic piece! I like those pallet projects.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 01-01-2019 07:36 AM

Wow, that is a very nice piece. Congratulations on getting it done (having a vision and executing it), and also on getting the commission for the vanity. Nice to see the in process photos as well.

-- You live to serve the ship, row well, and live!

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