Queen Headboard of Recycled Pallets

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Project by gentlemancane posted 07-06-2016 05:48 PM 857 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had been looking for a headboard for some time, and after looking around and noticing the prices I figured I would go ahead and carry out a project that I’d seen online for some time: a headboard made of reused wooden pallets! The thumbnail obviously shows the finished project, and the second one shows it about halfway done.

I simply looked on craigslist and saw a post for free pallets at a nearby industrial park, stopped over and shoved as many as I could into the back of my SUV (about 5-6). I went home and began to pry apart the bigger boards, which proved to start off very easy and got progressively more difficult after I got the first ones (top 2-3 rows) very cleanly, and you’ll see less consistency with the lower few rows, ha. With each pallet being different, as I was hoping for anyway for character, I resorted to using my circular saw and cutting the pallet pieces off so I wouldn’t keep breaking them.

My biggest regret would be initially using nails and screws for the legs (nice 1×4’s from home depot) and boards to the plywood back. I was loosely going off of some plans online, and didn’t notice until afterwards (hindsight, of course) that many of the plans used gorilla or wood glue, which I proceeded to do for the bottom couple of rows. I proceeded to use a clear shellac, sanding every surface before, and in between each coat in order to bring out the wood’s character, as well as bringing the different boards, colors, and woods together with each new coat.

I have yet to attach the headboard to my frame, which will happen soon, but it has stayed sturdy and together throughout me moving and is standing behind my bed for looks at the moment, and I have gotten quite the amount of compliments so far! Many people ask me where I bought it, which might just be the best compliment I could ask for, as I’m sure many of you reading this can agree with!

The best part about this is that I did all of the work in my old one bedroom apartment, goes to show you don’t need an entire workshop or garage even… just some ambition, tools, and a vacuum!

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#1 posted 07-07-2016 12:31 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention. Nice follow up to get you a headboard.

Nice going…............Jim

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#2 posted 07-07-2016 07:24 PM

Beautiful board. I like that raw, rustic, old barn style.

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#3 posted 07-07-2016 08:38 PM

Nicely done. I’ve been thinking of going that same route… Thanks for sharing!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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