Pallet Wood Box

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Project by SJWoodCreations posted 02-09-2016 07:33 PM 1686 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We were driving in our neighborhood the other day, and I saw a pallet by the curb. I stopped and got out, and asked the lady cleaning out her garage if I could have it. She said yes, and proceeded to show me lots of other “scrap” wood she wanted to get rid of, including some dimensional poplar from a big box store. I gratefully took all that would fit in my car and went home.

So I disassembled the pallet and planed a couple of the slats to reveal some interesting grain patterns. I decided I would make a small box for the lady who gave me all the wood, and this is the result. Mitered corners to keep the continuous grain around the sides, a lift-off lid with a cove around the edge, and a quarter inch rabbet on the lower inside edge of each side piece to receive the bottom. After rounding over the sides and bottom with a quarter inch bit, I sanded to 200 grit, applied wipe-on poly, then lined the inside with felt (not pictured).

I thought about adding splines, but the corners were plenty strong for the application, given that each piece was still on the heavy side of half an inch thick. I like the way it turned out, and if nothing else the lady will have a cool story about the stranger that made a nice little box out of the pallet she was throwing away.

Thanks for looking!

-- Sam --- Tulsa, OK

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 07:40 PM

i really like this box; what are the dimensions? it looks like it could be a nice keepsake box.

-- When certain, measure again, just in case!

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#2 posted 02-09-2016 07:51 PM

Thanks Naftoli! It’s about 5-1/2” square by 3” tall I think. I didn’t measure it before I went to deliver it, and didn’t really take any measurements as I was making it either.

-- Sam --- Tulsa, OK

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#3 posted 02-09-2016 07:51 PM

Sam, I like the shape and the thought behind this box. The route around the top really dresses this up. Nice ideas. I would have added splines for decoration, but that is just sort of my thing. The corners certainly do match up nicely. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 02-09-2016 08:03 PM

nice box – that looks like yellow pine

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 02-09-2016 08:26 PM

Thanks Big Al and Dick.

Big Al – I really need to construct a better spline jig for my table saw also, which was part of the decision. I’m a big fan of all your boxes, so thanks for the comment!

Dick – You’re probably right. That’s pretty common around my neck of the woods. The funny thing is that as I keep taking pieces off the same pallet, I’m finding that there are at least three different wood species that make it up!

-- Sam --- Tulsa, OK

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#6 posted 02-09-2016 09:38 PM

Sam, you might look here for a suggested spline slot cutting jig. Thanks for the nice compliment.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 02-10-2016 04:17 AM

Looks to be very nice work, nothing like putting in a bit of thought regarding the flowing grain and the visual effect is worth it.

I take it the missing photo No 6 is the felt lined one, when can we expect to see it posted?

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 02-10-2016 04:41 AM

Neat box.

Neat make.

Neat story.

Great “giving back”!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#9 posted 02-10-2016 12:40 PM

Thanks everyone!

Robert – I always seem to forget to snap a pic after I apply the felt.. I’ll try to remember on the next one.

-- Sam --- Tulsa, OK

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