Rustic Pallet Furniture

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Project by southernelle posted 04-09-2014 11:36 PM 3814 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to learn to build furniture…so I decided to start out using Pallets… I was told they are oak… all I know is that they are very heavy and i had no success using the recip saw. ...the light weight ones are really easy to tear down with the recip saw….so I had to use crowbars and hammer and hand saw and circular saw.. They were already blue… the pallets had spacers that are 6×6…9 in all… On the one table…I completely started from scratch and added cedar pieces on top and a large piece of rough cedar on bottom…I used screws in all projects…there are two benches…a side table . a dining table and a work table. I am going to make some and sand all the blue off and use rit dye to color the wood on some.

-- Southernelle

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#1 posted 04-10-2014 12:32 AM

Very nice job Southernelle.
I like your designs.
Pallet wood is all I use, and it’s a little hard to work with, but things will come out fine with enough effort.
Keep those projects coming !

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#2 posted 04-10-2014 02:57 AM

love that you left the blue in place

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 04-10-2014 03:05 AM

Good way to learn the craft. You learn the same lessons without the investment (other than time). Good job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 04-10-2014 03:47 AM

thanks everyone… I knew I wanted to learn to make simple furniture…and I have some nice walnut i bartered for…stacked up and waiting…I don’t want to make anything fancy…I prefer rustic and I love being able to see the grain in the wood… at least I am learning… even if it is kinda hard tearing the pallets down… I have asked someone to make me a tool that will be easier on me… I told him to make it kinda like two crowbars about 3-4 inches apart with a long handle and curved at the bottom…that way it won’t bust the wood up and I will have more leverage… I used one kinda like that to rip out some tongue and groove in an old house…had it made special just for that…worked great…

-- Southernelle

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#5 posted 04-10-2014 03:53 AM

I always like seeing wood reused and given a new purpose!

-- Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

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#6 posted 04-10-2014 04:46 PM

Regarding a tool for tearing down pallets? Izzy Swan has designed and demonstrated a pallet tool . He has his little daughter demonstrating it. :-)

Is it paint or dye on the material? Are you wanting to go with hand tools or power tools? Or both?

Oak is hardwood and very porous.

Keep up the good work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 04-10-2014 04:46 PM

There’s a guy on youtube Izzy Swan (might be an LJ, haven’t looked yet)... he has plans available for his Pallet Pal…!pallet-pal/cdfa

also you can watch his video here:

Incidentally… those blue pallets are ‘premium’ in the trucking industry Chep makes them, and actually keeps track of them… when enough are gathered at a warehouse, they’ll send a trailer to recover them & send them to a shipper for re-use.
Might want to stick to generic non-blue ones going forward.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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