Pallet Box

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Project by whitedog posted 07-25-2010 07:11 PM 3080 views 9 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wood for this came from the pallet that my TS was on , straight from China. The lid is an oak but I’m not sure what the box part is ,it has kind of a metallic shine to it with the finish on it. I was going to make a quick little box to try out my hinge idea,so I used the pallet wood not thinking it was much, but I really like it. I added a little Malachite inlay and some Manzanita details. The box is 11×5 x 3 . It took a little longer to make than I planed but they always do.
And as always please let me know what you think of it. ( don’t laugh to hard at my hinge , I was going to name it the chicken leg box)

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#1 posted 07-25-2010 07:30 PM

Very nice design, great hinge idea. Free wood is always the way to go

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 07-25-2010 07:44 PM

That’s what I call getting a bonus with your new saw!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-25-2010 07:44 PM

Very very interesting, chicken leg, lol

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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#4 posted 07-25-2010 08:12 PM

Wow! This is a unique and clever way to hinge a box.

Browsing through your projects I found out you are a very creative box maker. Congrats. You make very nice and good work. I definitely have something to learn from you. Thanks for posting.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#5 posted 07-25-2010 09:46 PM

Very nice and unique box. I really like the hinges – what is the stone you used on the hinges and how did you fasten it to the chicken leg and the top? I also like the malachite inlay – the little bit of color it adds totally transforms the box from a “nice box” to a “great box” in my opinion. I have wanted to inlay a slice of turquoise in a box top but haven’t found any usable thin slices.

Great job.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#6 posted 07-25-2010 10:03 PM

The pieces on the hinges are manzanita root burl pieces. Doing the inlays is pretty easy , I mostly use malachite it’s a little cheaper and a tad softer that makes sanding easier.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#7 posted 07-25-2010 10:41 PM

A definite Paul box! unique! That malachite sure is nice. Where do you get it?

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#8 posted 07-25-2010 10:45 PM

Your projects all have that unique feel to them. They are one of a kind and they stand out. I like using the reclaimed woods. Great job!

Now I wondering what kind of chest you would make?

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#9 posted 07-25-2010 10:51 PM

Very nice box. Wonderful use of wood. Awesome work.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#10 posted 07-25-2010 11:27 PM

Div… thanks, I buy mine at a local rock shop, but it costs less online esp. if you use a lot.

Richard… I have though I would like to try a chest, but I’m not always happy with larger projects , all of my imperfections seem to stand out and scream at me.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#11 posted 07-26-2010 02:22 AM

Great save Paul. Nice work.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 07-26-2010 05:26 AM

Those legs might look like Drumsticks, But they Beat out a nice design. haha I really like the hinge design. If nobody ever tried anything new, we would all be making the same thing. Great job.

Keep up the imaginative work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#13 posted 07-26-2010 07:01 PM

Very nice box, great job.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#14 posted 07-26-2010 10:17 PM

Very cool design. love the wood

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#15 posted 07-27-2010 03:41 AM

Pretty cool looking box. I like the “chicken leg” hinges. really adds a uniqueness to it.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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