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There are a few reasons why I like working with pallets. The main reason is because pallets are forgiving. I can create something without having to be perfect. Don’t get me wrong I…

 




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The reason I love working with pallets…

There are a few reasons why I like working with pallets. The main reason is because pallets are forgiving. I can create something without having to be perfect. Don’t get me wrong I love nice hardwood just as much as the next guy, but pallets are nice from time to time. Another reason is the mix of woods. With different colored woods you get a very unique look that a lot of people are looking for. The last reason is that in most cases pallets are free. So, you have free, mixed wood that is forgiving with imperfections. What’s not to like, right? Well, you also have to contend with breaking down the pallet, not to mention running around looking for the free wood. In the end I have to say that I like working with pallets more than not. What about you? Do you like working with free, mixed, forgiving wood or is it “too much trouble”?

Send me your pallet projects to shawn@stoneandsons.net
I’ll feature you on my next ShopTalk.
Be sure to give a short description of the project.


ABOUT THE PROJECT:
I was asked to build a headboard using pallet boards with a random design and different color woods. It was decided ahead of time that it would be attached directly to the wall using screws. One minor obstacle we had to overcome late in the game was that there was a chair rail on the wall in the room where this headboard was to be installed. The solution was to attach a couple of 1×4’s to the wall and then attach the headboard to the 1×4’s. The 1×4’s gave us the clearance we needed to install the headboard over the chair rail. The bed slid up against the headboard and looked great.
This was a very easy project and one that I would recommend to anyone starting out in woodworking and of course there’s room to dress it up for the more experienced craftsman as well.



 

Tools used in this project.

Crow bar: http://amzn.to/2iTRTWx
Shop brush: http://amzn.to/2iLt0Jd

Air hose reel: http://amzn.to/2iLs47O

Brad/stapler nailer: http://amzn.to/2jB8zD1

Tape measure (6′): http://amzn.to/2iLAcF9

Circular saw (*updated version): http://amzn.to/2iLmPos

Sander: http://amzn.to/2jNydC6

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