Friday, December 16, 2016

How to make a solid block of wood from several pallet planks

One of my biggest problems when working with pallet wood is that I sometimes need to use lumber of dimensions that I can't get from pallets. As I don't want to spend any money and wish to keep my projects free (and stay 100% with pallets) - here is one of my techniques to address this challenge.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Using the same techniques to build a butcher's block (or cutting) board to experiment with the goal to create a kitchen table

I've seen pictures online of a few people that created beautiful tables using pallet wood by flipping the boards sideways and glueing them together.

The first step was to take a few boards from a pallet, cut them at 1 1/2 inch wide, flip them and glue them together.

Once this is done and dried, I take a hand plane to the front and back (had not decided which was going to be which yet) and even out the boards better as well as remove much of the glue.

After this, there was still a bit of glue squeeze-out, so I started to use a sander with 60 grit sandpaper and clean up and smooth out the surfaces.

After the sanding the surfaces were quite smooth... This is when I applied some finish to complete the experiment.

I call this experiment a success... Next step is to make an 8 foot table with the same technique.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Building a staircase shelving unit using recycled pallet wood

My son has very little areas to actually store his clothes and stuff. We understand that he just simply doesn't do well with putting stuff away from sight, he's one of those people where it's got to be in a visible area... I guess he needs a staircase type of shelf system.

This project was quite simple and quick, I used about 3 pallets, cleaned up the wood planks with a planer and used 2 2x4 with a cost of about $2.50 each.

Sanding was the biggest task since this is an interior project, and it was finished with polyurethane.

Minus a small oups... This project went very well.

Enjoy the video


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Building a recycled pallet work bench

While I do have a garage, I'm trying to get started on a YouTube channel. Because of this the garage is now very inconvenient. The sound and lighting are both completely out of my needs.
This means that my best option to go ahead with this is to do my work outside... Which introduces a whole new set of challenges. One of those challenges is a basic one... Work surface...
The ironic part is that it has taken me over a year to build this... (much procrastination) and only about 2 hours to get the whole thing assembled and finished.
This is a Pallet-Only project, the 2x4 that are included here as well as the basis for the table all come from a custom-made pallet that I picked up at a hardware store. The boards for the back board and the work surface are normal pallet boards.
I don't regret using pallet boards for the work surface but in retrospect I should have planed them all to the same thickness to make my life easier - but hey... it's pallet wood... I can always tear it off and redo it for 0 cost...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Building a recycled pallet dog steps to climb onto the bed

Well... let's face it... As much as I don't want to admit it I have a rather small dog. I have two, and one of them is a normal size dog (I can't comfortably carry he with one hand) the other one is... shall we say... not full size.

What's also not helping the situation is that this little dog doesn't like to sleep alone (at least... he's a normal dog in that regard!). While I'll admit that I'm a "full size dog" person and I've been known to wish the little thing an untimely death, well... (the people around me don't read these posts) I don't actually want him to suffer nor be left alone. Ok... maybe I'll say it like this... he bothers me when he barks and wants me to pick him up and lift him into the bed... I want him to be able to climb up of his own volition. Now at least I have an argument that holds to my "under 30 pounds if it's not less than 1 year old it's not a real dog" image.

Enter... the dog steps...

I used about 3 blanks from a pallet... I chose these blanks very careful because this was one of those rare pallet projects that was actually going to reside in the house and also be possibly very visible. I wanted the result of this project to be something people like to see and not just look like a rough built thrown together.

This had to look good!

I hand picked 3 cedar boards that I've been saving for a while and only "processed" them once they were on the project. I went from 60 grit sand paper all the way up to 240 grit. I also went as far as giving it two coats of diamond water-based finished.

I wanted it to turn out good... But I had no idea it was going to turn out *this good*.

Here is what the project looks like outside on the work bench after the last coat dried.

The "hit or miss" sanding of the cedar gave it an incredible two-tone finish.

It was a very nice project! Now all I have to do is teach the dog to climb on it... Seems that he's not into small steps and feels safer around much bigger things but I'm sure he'll eventually get around to use it. I hope he does... I'm tired of being barked at in the middle of the night by a 8 pound creature...

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Recycled Pallet Clock

A few months (around Christmas) I found a nice kit at a big store that essentially gives you the basic components to make your own clock.

Last week-end I got bored and while in between two projects I decided to tackle this.

I was again going for that rough look and didn't feel any shame using imperfect wood that also contained nail holes.

This was a single-pallet-board project where I cut a board in 4 pieces, and then took 1 piece and cut it at a 45 degree angle to make the under side boards.

The whole thing was sanded and finished with a crystal water-based finish.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Recycled Pallet Shelf

My son visited home and essentially told me that he was running out of space for his blu ray collection.

I thought this would be a fun project to do with a single board from a pallet and I think that it turned out quite well.

We used a single board from a Pallet and this took about 3 hours over the span of a few days as we were using glue to bring the parts together.

You can see in the first picture all the way to the right the discoloration of the wood due to nails being in the wood for a very long time. We used screws and glue to attach the brackets to the shelf permanently and covered the holes with plugs which were sanded flush.

This was a no-cost project unless you count the 6 screws and the glue that was used.

Good son-father bonding time was the ultimate reward! 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Recycled Pallet Wood Cart

One of the problems that i run into when disassembling pallets is where to store the wood in an efficient but also easy way.

In comes the idea of the wood cart.

This thing is absolutely awesome... Not only can i bring it close to a stack of pallets that I'm tearing apart but i can also bring the whole thing close to a project which eliminates the multiple back and forths with wood in hand.

This was a trivial build with a few 2x4, casters i bought from a garage sale and pallet wood surrounding it.

Took about 2 hours to build with a cost of less than $10

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Recycled Pallet Garbage Box

The purpose behind this project was to build a box where we could drop garbage bags when our primary garbage bin is simply not enough. We have a family of 8 in total and this obviously creates a significant amount of trash. Combined with a garbage truck that only comes around every 2 weeks during the winter period and add hungry animals to the mix and you can easily see how this becomes a necessity.

This was a wife-sponsored project, those are the ones I love as she will not only provide feedback but also usually help with the physical build itself.

The box is assembled with a few 2x4 as the skeleton structure, there is no bottom (we wanted any fluids from the bags or snow/ice to be able to go straight into the ground) and the top is a simple 1/4 inch plywood plank that was left over from a previous project. There are probably between 5-8 pallets into this project simply because of all the planks for the sides. I already owned the 2x4 but there are I think 4 in this project. The kids could climb on the box (even if they are told not to) so we wanted it to be sturdy and not collapse.