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Project by Woodwrecker posted 02-17-2014 09:57 PM 12400 views 19 times favorited 79 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s ridiculous what you can find in those old pallet boards if you look hard enough…
The finished piece is my variation on the upper cabinet to a King George Bureau from around 1765.
It is solid oak throughout.
It involved a lot of nail & staple pulling, milling, tons of glue ups and hours of sanding and shaping, plus lathe work and so on.
But it’s a labor of love and I think it came out ok.
The finished dimensions are approximately 10”D X 13 1/2”H X 28 1/2”W
The finish includes Minwax Honey stain, Shellac, Polyurethane and finishing wax.

I’ve added some process shots below.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Cleaning the stock

Finally some usable stock…lol

Pallet wood involves TONS of glue-ups

The neighborhood gang passed through one day and visited a while.

Case ready for glue up.

Getting there.

Drawer parts made.

Drawers fitted.

Tongue & groove back boards milled and fitted.

Another rather large shop visitor.
He didn’t move much so I let him stay.

Center compartment column turned & split for sentinel feature.

Compartment built and prepared for fitting.

Naturally, you can’t have a compartment unless you include a secret space.
Completely hidden and accessed by hidden release.
There is another as well; not shown.
(I’m trusting you, my Lumberjock pals to keep it secret…lol)

Thanks again.

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#1 posted 02-17-2014 10:07 PM

Eric, that is a really good looking piece from “scrap” wood. I wonder what kind of releases are there for these secret compartments? I ve read about the one with a magnet and also a spring loaded dowel lever. Thanks Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#2 posted 02-17-2014 10:09 PM

Wow… from nothing to beauty.
Nice work. That is beautiful and the cost is right.
You are a true craftsman… and scavenger!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 02-17-2014 10:12 PM

beautiful piece eric

you should be proud

even old george would be

good thing you are retired
(and the king is buried)
249 years is along time to wait
probably would have taken twice as long
if you were still pounding a beat
up in chitown

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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woodshaver Tony C

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#4 posted 02-17-2014 10:13 PM

Old pallet wood is like finding diamonds the rough if you know what to do with it. And you put it to good use for sure! Your cabinet is super fine! I Love the way the box joints look on it. Nice work Eric!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 02-17-2014 10:13 PM

Beautiful!! I think it was well worth all the time to salvage the wood and make this piece! Love it!

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#6 posted 02-17-2014 10:16 PM

People who work with Pallets. I never know if I should applaud them or feel sorry for them.
The end result can look nice as you have demonstrated but I certainly lack the patience it would take to get there…..................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 02-17-2014 10:24 PM


-- jroot

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 02-17-2014 10:27 PM

I love it.

OK, is it going to become a haven for small parts in the shop, small parts in the office…......or just small parts?............(-:

Working too hard, playing too little, where is vacation when I need it, and I have way to many small parts to my life, even for your bureau….......

Have a good one Eric, day off here after being on call for the weekend.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 02-17-2014 10:27 PM

Looks fantastic, I love taking rough/pallet wood and turning it into something else. It’s a great feeling to know that you’re out only your labor to get the lumber vs. buying it.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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The Box Whisperer

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#10 posted 02-17-2014 10:37 PM

Amazing work, and way to be friendly with the animals.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#11 posted 02-17-2014 10:57 PM

Your skill and the design are excellent, but the colors and finish really make it stand out.

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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#12 posted 02-17-2014 11:26 PM

You really can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 02-17-2014 11:31 PM

Great work. Love it

-- CaptFerd

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#14 posted 02-17-2014 11:33 PM

Nice work, really an amazing transformation from junk to treasure.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#15 posted 02-17-2014 11:47 PM

That is some one ridiculous looking box .and to think it all came from pallets. Nice work Eric. Superb… ED

-- Ed Port Republic

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