Ladder Shelf from Repurposed Shipping Skids

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Project by Todd posted 10-25-2013 08:13 PM 1791 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine is the building materials manager at the local Lowe’s. He grabbed some shipping skids that were made from red oak and poplar. Some were about 2” square and others about 2.5” square. I surfaced planed, cut into boards, glued up the panels and thickness planed them.

The shelf is all poplar except for the trim on the shelves which is red oak. I plan to just use a clear poly as I like the contrast between the poplar and the red oak.


-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#1 posted 10-25-2013 10:51 PM

This is one of the nicer pallet projects I’ve seen! Great job!

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#2 posted 10-25-2013 11:13 PM

Beautifully done. I just want to know what company that ships to Lowe’s would use oak and poplar for pallets these days. Maybe I’m just out of the loop. LOL But whatever, that is one masterfully done transformation. Keep up the good work.

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#3 posted 10-25-2013 11:58 PM

Nice build….clean lines and a wonderful use of repurposed materials. Good job Todd

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 10-26-2013 01:45 AM

Thanks fellow jocks! These were shipping skids, not pallets. They were used to protect bundles of sheet goods from the strapping. Each one was 48” long and 2”-2.5” square with a slot for the strap to sit in. Most of them are pine, but occasionally they get red oak or poplar.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#5 posted 10-26-2013 03:00 AM

Nice stand and good job of recycling!! There is a lot of wood our there if you look for it!!
I found that some of the barrels of rocks that came in on pallets in Quartzite,Az for the Rock show were on teak pallets!! What a find that would be on the scrap pile!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 10-26-2013 05:03 PM

Oh, OK Todd, I know what you are talking about. Here in El Paso my local HD allows me to take all of those I want. They call them stickers. I have never seen any other then pine though. I have about 100 of them in my inventory right now. I clean them up and plane them down to 7/8” and make panels out of them until I am ready to use them for a project. Right now I am working on a hutch. I will send pictures soon. Again thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 10-30-2013 02:28 PM

It looks good and well made. Like the design and recycle of the wood. Great job!

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