Some Jerk's Junk..

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Project by RobS posted 08-04-2009 05:52 AM 5055 views 8 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Someone, the jerk, decided to use a grassy field by our neighborhood as an old pallet dumping ground. About 30 to 40 pallets, just unloaded in the middle of the meadow as if no one would ever care.

I cared. So as a fan of recycling/repurposing and an enemy of littering, I decided to try and use some of these pallets. I flipped thru and hand picked about 15 or so and was able to come up with enough boards to design a new TV stand for our house. This pallet wood combined with some blemished/discarded maple 2×3’s from a friend’s sawmill, turned into this 24” x 18” x 60” piece. My wife had shopped both online and in stores and could never find quite the right combination of style or size for our house. She agreed to let me take a stab at designing one with all the features she liked and now I had the wood to work with.

The maple became the frame work and the pallet wood became all of the paneling. I used my planer and table saw to mill the pallet wood so all the pieces were the same thickness and width. I saved some of the straighter and cleaner pallet boards for the drawer sides and fronts. And since the pallet wood wasn’t quite wide enough for the drawer front height, I trimmed the drawer fronts with just enough maple to make them fit. My wife selected the color Cranberry Red from General Finishes’ wide array of water-based stain colors. Not normally a fan of the colors and personally leaning towards more natural/oil finishes, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Of course the pallet wood wasn’t all the same species so I had quickly agreed with the less than opaque stain choice. It then has three coats of General Finishes PolyAcrylic Matte top coat.

If only the jerk could see his pallets now. Thanks for looking.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#1 posted 08-04-2009 05:59 AM

looks good. I like the color. Nice use of materials. To bad there isn’t a jerk dumping usable material by my house. LOL. I’d call him a saint if he did. Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 08-04-2009 06:03 AM

Fine bit of recycling – nice color and design…It has a close resemblance to mission style perhaps?

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#3 posted 08-04-2009 06:03 AM

That, sir, is absolutely perfect!

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#4 posted 08-04-2009 06:05 AM

Great use of that wood.

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#5 posted 08-04-2009 06:29 AM

very nicely done. trash to treasure. very good proportions. i agree with your better half, the color is perfect.

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#6 posted 08-04-2009 12:09 PM

that is very nice..Looks alot like Pottery Barn furniture..very wife makes me go in that store every week..LOL

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#7 posted 08-04-2009 12:52 PM

Great re-use of someone else’s traash. My BIL got some old pallets and has done some great things…kinda makes me wish I had a jerk!

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#8 posted 08-04-2009 01:45 PM

Bravo on the recycling job.

Nice design.


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#9 posted 08-04-2009 02:25 PM

That’s what I call a true woodworking project. A lot of times we think it’s hard to build something beautiful from beautiful wood, but you saw a beautiful piece of furniture in a pile of junk wood. Great build and I agree, the color choice is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 08-04-2009 05:20 PM

Beautiful. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I love the look you achieved. Very unique. You are right about the finish. I wouldn’t have thought it would look as good as it does, but it is perfect for this project. Cudos to the wife.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#11 posted 08-04-2009 05:55 PM

Very nice work! Nice design.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#12 posted 08-04-2009 06:37 PM


Thanks for being among the early LumberJocks that helped get this site off the ground and your many informative submissions.

Love the proportions, quality presentation, and especially the color of that tart cranberry.

We should all rethink the usual and comfortable traditional colors/stains—let’s think outside the box and “push the envelope.”

Rob, you mentioned you took about half of the “jerks” dump. What of the remaining?

As a “fan of recycling/repurposing and an enemy of littering…” Did you report it?

In our town, Ringwood, NJ, illegal dumping is among the most serious of crimes.

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#13 posted 08-04-2009 06:46 PM

A fantastic job with recycled materials. Beautiful.

You should be very proud of your creation.

What did you do with the rest of the pallets?

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#14 posted 08-04-2009 09:41 PM

You rock! I love things made from recycled/found wood! It’s great to see that you can make something beautiful from “junk”.

-- -Brady

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#15 posted 08-04-2009 10:52 PM

I don’t see anything wrong with it. That looks great.

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