Nothing But Pallets Dresser

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Project by Dynamike posted 04-27-2016 12:55 PM 1416 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend sent me a picture of a pallet dresser and asked me if I could built her one. I said yes, reluctantly, because anyone who has ever taken apart pallets knows the work involved. And the picture she sent me was the most butt ugly thing. This is my version of a pallet dresser. I hope no one else wants one!

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#1 posted 04-27-2016 01:13 PM

I hope you had more than a crowbar and hammer to take them apart. I’ve done a couple of pallet projects and taking the pallets apart makes buying wood seem like a better idea.

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#2 posted 04-27-2016 02:34 PM

Your dresser turned out very nice.
I tried using pallets ….......ONCE.
Taking themapart and trying to salvage enough usable material just didnt seem worth it ! I have gone to other sources of repurposed lumber. Ones with a lot less nails.
I do appreciate people re-using lumber.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 04-27-2016 02:39 PM

Sometimes painting wood is acceptable. :)
I can appreciate the effort it took to prep this wood and make it usable.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 04-27-2016 02:59 PM

Looks good! I do not enjoy reclaiming pallet lumber either. One just have to work so darn hard for the material one gets..and then one is afraid to run it through the table saw or planer.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#5 posted 04-27-2016 04:30 PM

I don’t do pallet projects, because of my hesitance of infused “insecticide” – but – I have to admit this is really beautiful. I love the character of the wood. Well done !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#6 posted 04-27-2016 04:56 PM

Nice looking piece for pallet wood. Sure you have a lot of labor involved in it too.

I know guy that builds benches out of pallets. He can take a pallet apart in 5 minutes with a Sawzall and a metal cutting blade.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#7 posted 04-27-2016 05:16 PM

I too find that dismantling the pallets seems to be more work than it’s worth. Kudos to you for making something as nice as this from them.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#8 posted 04-27-2016 11:27 PM

Oh how I hate pallets, but, money is money right? I used a half a dozen crow bars, sawsall to cut the nails so I could salvage as much length as possible. I clamped that sucker in a vice and went at them. There are actually about 10 pallets in this project and I had to glue up boards end to end to make usable lengths. Gluing and clamping the 1/4 in. thick bottom panels was no picnic either, but they turned out nice. Thanks for all the nice words!

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#9 posted 04-28-2016 06:48 AM

I agree, realy nice, rustic design. I like the way you joined boards.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 04-29-2016 11:25 PM

For future reference: Gempler’s has a “pallet buster” tool. Sort of a fork at the end of a handle. Used to pop the pieces apart. Not a bad investment even for one project. See their item No: 216497

And second, I found on Craigslist a sawmill here in Alabama that will sell you new pallet wood planks in 8, 12 and 16 foot lengths. Great source for chemical and nail free material. Check your area under the “materials” column.

And yes great work on that dresser, be proud of turning nothing into something.

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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#11 posted 04-30-2016 11:50 AM

I am amazed at how good you see the wood coming up as you put it through the planer it comes out beautiful. So well done. I remember showing an old friend many years ago how to turn some wood that was lying in his garden when he saw me put some old sticks on the lathe with bark and all and turned it into nothing more that round. He looked amazed and said I never realized you could make things from ordinary wood.? LOL where did he think it all came from? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 04-30-2016 03:50 PM

This looks great!
I do a lot with pallet wood and while there are all sorts of reasons not to use it but if you’re not on a time line and being in the wood shop is cathartic then re-purposing pallet wood is a great way to be creative.

-- Greg Simon

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